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Hurricane Daniel makes its way, benignly, through the Pacific

From the news-you-can’t-use-but-might-find-interesting-nonetheless department, there’s this: The Pacific has a new hurricane, named Daniel.

The Category 1 hurricane, with sustained winds of 90 mph, was about 875 miles southwest of Baja California’s southern tip Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Daniel had been but a depression but -- as the National Weather Service predicted -- it soon pulled itself together into a full-fledged cyclone.

The service’s National Hurricane Center was issuing the usual advisories on Saturday, but it also noted that the system was moving west at about 12 mph. That doesn’t exactly put the West Coast of North America in its path.

Thus, there are no coastal warnings, watches or general upset of any kind in effect.

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Although little change was predicted overnight, the storm was expected to weaken Sunday as it headed into cooler waters. By Sunday night, it was expected to become a tropical storm and, by Wednesday, a tropical depression again.

Aletta, Bud and Carlotta have similarly failed to have much widespread effect this year. Next up on the Eastern North Pacific name list, Emilia. Next up on the Atlantic list -- Debby having drenched Florida and moved on -- is Ernesto.

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs May 15 through Nov. 30. The Atlantic hurricane season, which generally has more of an effect on the U.S., runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

But note: Another depression has formed in the Pacific. It doesn’t merit a proper name yet and is being referred to as Tropical Depression 5-E. Saturday afternoon, it was about 655 miles south-southeast of Manzanillo, Mexico. It was expected to become a hurricane Monday.

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tami.dennis@latimes.com


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