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Tropical depression forms in Pacific Ocean

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Associated Press

MIAMI -- A tropical depression has formed in the Pacific Ocean, well off the coast of Mexico.

U.S. forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday morning that the depression's center was 430 miles (692 kilometers) off the coast of Acapulco, Mexico. It was moving toward the west at 9 mph (15 kph) and was projected to remain far from land.

Still, forecasters say it could get stronger and become a tropical storm later Sunday. Maximum sustained winds were at 35 mph (56 kph).