Tropical Depression in Pacific Could Become Ninth Tropical Storm

Forecasters expect the depression to strengthen into a tropical storm by Friday evening.

A tropical depression moving toward Mexico could bring "life-threatening" swells and heavy rain.
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A tropical depression making its way toward Mexico is expected to strengthen by Friday evening to become the Pacific's ninth tropical storm of the season.

The National Hurricane Center reports the depression currently has maximum wind speeds of about 35 mph, but will likely strengthen later Friday and reach winds of up to 45 mph, when it would be classified as Tropical Storm Ivo.

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As of Friday morning, the system was centered about 350 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas and was moving northwest at about 7 mph.

The system is moving toward Mexico's Baja California peninsula and is projected to reach land by Sunday evening, but there's a good chance it may weaken before that time as it moves across an area cooler water with cross winds that could slow its growth, according to The Weather Channel.

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Still, an advisory from the National Hurricane Center says the depression is expected to bring between one and three inches of rainfall across the southern portion of the peninsula on Friday. Dangerous surf swells are also expected to affect the southern portion of the peninsula, near Cabo San Lucas, later Friday evening, the advisory says.

"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions," the advisory says.

The center urges those in the advisory area to monitor the depression's progress in the next 48 hours.

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