Pacific tropical depression forms off Mexico

By the Associated Press | July 7, 2011 | 12:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression has formed in the Pacific southwest of Mexico and is forecast to become a tropical storm but stay away from land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the depression was located Tuesday about 355 miles (570 kilometers) southeast of Manzanillo. It is forecast to head west-northwest over the Pacific fort the next five days. There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

The depression had maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (55 kph) and is expected to become a tropical storm later Thursday or on Friday. It was moving at about 13 mph (20 mph).