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Unusual January tropical storm forms southwest of Hawaii

An El Nino-related tropical storm has formed southwest of Hawaii, only the third such system to develop in January in over 40 years.

Tropical Storm Pali was about 1,400 miles southwest of Honolulu as of 11 a.m. Friday, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. It is not near land.

Pali is slowly moving west-northwest at 5 mph. It's expected to weaken over the next three to five days, said Kevin Kodama, a hurricane forecaster with the center.

Warm ocean temperatures near the equator caused the storm to form, he said.

The last January tropical storm in the central Pacific Ocean was in 1992, when there was a significant El Nino, Kodama said. The other was in...

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