Tropical Storm Cosme: Could Pacific Depression Off Mexico’s West Coast Become Full-Fledged Hurricane? [REPORT]

By Philip Ross on June 24, 2013 4:02 PM EDT

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Tropical Storm Cosme, the 2013 storm season’s third named tempest that formed 400 miles off the Mexican coast, could reach hurricane strength by mid-week. Pictured, a resident walks past swaying palm trees following the passing of the 2012 Hurricane Ernesto in Mahahual, Mexico. (Photo: Reuters)

Tropical Storm Cosme, a storm depression with winds of around 40 mph, formed early Sunday morning off the southwest coast of Mexico. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm began churning around 6:00 UTC and is centered about 435 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico, the country's busiest port located on the Pacific Ocean about 180 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. Tropical Storm Cosme is expected to gain strength as the week goes on, and could become a hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday, according to the center.

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The Weather Channel reports that Tropical Storm Cosme, the third named storm of the 2013 Eastern Pacific hurricane season, formed early Sunday morning southwest of Mexico and is forecast to move northwest, paralleling the Mexican coastline over the next few days. Winds are up a bit from this morning, increasing to 50 mph. The storm is moving northwest at 15 mph. It could become a hurricane sometime by midweek, but it's not projected to hit land.

U-T San Diego reports that the storm's wave energy could reach as far north as Orange County, Calif. Still, the only land Tropical Storm Cosme is expected to hit is a remote Mexican military garrison 430 miles off Mexico's coast. By early Saturday, the storm is expected to dissipate as it moves out over the colder water of the Pacific.

Ocean water is what fuels tropical systems. Hurricane season in the Northern Hemisphere begins June and ends in November. According to the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs, the past several years have been particularly intense both in the size and the number of hurricanes in the region. In 2005, for example, there were 28 named storms, 15 of which became hurricanes. It was the most active hurricane season in recorded history and caused billions of dollars in damage. Thousands of lives were lost that hurricane season.

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