More than two weeks before the official start of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season and the year's first named storm has appeared.
The newly upgraded tropical storm -- named Alvin -- has formed in the eastern Pacific about 665 miles southwest of Acapulco. Alvin is moving west-northwest, away from land, at about 12 mph with maximum sustained winds at 46 mph.
It's supposed to strengthen over the next few days and is likely to become a hurricane.
While it's no threat to Florida, it could point to a busier than normal year for big storms. See our May 1 post for more on that. And stay tuned to this blog as the Bradenton Herald cranks up coverage for the 2013 season.