First Tropical Storm of 2017 Breaks Record as Eastern Pacific's Earliest


The first tropical storm of 2017 went down in the record books as the earliest named storm formation in the eastern Pacific Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, named Adrian, formed off the coast of Mexico late Tuesday, days prior to the official onset of the Pacific hurricane season, spokesman Dennis Feltgen of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told AFP.

Adrian's eye is about 430 miles (692 kilometers) southeast of the port city of Salina Cruz, located in southern Mexico's Oaxaca state.

The NHC has not issued warnings for the coasts of Mexico or Central America.

Adrian is moving northwest at approximately five miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of about 40 miles per hour.

The previous record for earliest formed storm in the eastern Pacific was held by 1990's Hurricane Alma.

In January 2016, Alex became the first hurricane to form in the Atlantic in January in nearly 80 years.

The Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 to November 30, while the Atlantic hurricane season officially kicks off a few weeks later on June 1.

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