MEXICO CITY (AP) – Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed in the Pacific Ocean off the southern coast of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the center of the depression was located about 200 miles south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, at 2 p.m. PDT Sunday. The system is moving to the west near 7 mph and has maximum sustained winds of around 35 mph.

The system could bring heavy rainfall to southwestern areas of the country over the next two days, but the center of the depression is currently forecast to remain offshore.

The system is expected to strengthen and could become a tropical storm Sunday night.

AP-ES-06-21-09 1654EDT

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