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NEWS-Tropical depression forms off southeast Mexican coast

According to meteorologists, a tropical depression has formed off southeast Mexican coast on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010, prompting tropical storm warnings for parts of Oaxaca and Guerrero states.

The center of depression 2-E was located at 11:30 a.m. EST 100 miles south-southwest of Salina Cruz, a port in the Oaxaca state.

The depression has maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour, but some gradual strengthening is forecast during the next two days. It could become a tropical storm by Thursday.
Mexico issued a tropical storm warning from Salina Cruz westward to Lagunas de Chacahua and a tropical storm watch from west of Lagunas de Chacahua to Punta Maldonado in Guerrero state.

The center of tropical depression 2-E is expected to be very near the coast of Mexico within the warning area over the next 24 to 48 hours, producing heavy rains, life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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