Tropical storm Erich forms in the Pacific
The storm's planned route could take it near the Hawaiian archipelago by the end of next week.
The system was some 2,165 kilometers (1,345 miles) west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico and 3,145 kilometers (1,955 miles) east of Hilo, Hawaii. It moved westward at a speed of 28 kilometers (17 miles) per hour.
Erich's sustained winds reached 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour.
The storm was expected to gain strength as it moved westward, indicated the hurricane center.