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May 29, 4:56 AM EDT

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MIAMI (AP) -- The first named tropical storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season is expected to soon become a hurricane far off Mexico's coast.

A day after forming, Tropical Storm Andres had maximum sustained winds early Friday near 70 mph (110 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm is expected to become a hurricane later in the day, though it's not currently forecast to threaten land.

The storm is centered about 795 miles (1,285 kilometers) south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph). It's expected to take a turn toward the northwest and move more slowly on Friday.

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