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Tropical Storm Flossie Forms in East Pacific

The fifth named tropical system of the East Pacific hurricane season formed early Thursday morning.

Tropical Storm Flossie has developed a little over 1,000 miles west-southwest off the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

Flossie is too far out to sea to have any immediate impacts on land and will track westward through the rest of the week and into the weekend.

As it tracks westward, Flossie will likely maintain tropical storm status, although there is the slight chance that it will become a weak Category 1 hurricane for a brief period of time.

Flossie is expected to weaken over the weekend as it encounters cooler waters as well as slightly stronger wind shear, becoming a tropical depression by Monday.

This system will continue to weaken early next week as it nears the islands of Hawaii.

Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Lada.