Aletta becomes first hurricane of 2018 Pacific season

Aletta becomes first hurricane of 2018 Pacific season

Aletta has rapidly intensified into the hemisphere's first major hurricane for 2018 as the storm hits maximum sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour, The Weather Channel reported.

In just 24 hours, Aletta went from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane, doubling its maximum sustained winds (70 mph to 140 mph) by the 9 a.m. MDT Friday National Hurricane Center advisory.

The hurricane is forecast to move roughly parallel to the Mexican coast for several days and then head farther out into the Pacific Ocean.

Aletta is not expected to directly impact any significant landmasses; however, the storm can still produce rough surf along the southern coast of Mexico and the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. If this next disturbance becomes a Tropical Storm it will be named Bud. The NHC said it's too early to tell whether the second system will pose a threat to the Pacific coast next week.

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Interests along the Mexican coast from Acapulco to Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos should monitor the progress of Bud in the week ahead.

Aletta was first named a hurricane on Thursday, June 7, which is over two weeks earlier than normal. "These conditions will likely cause significant weakening of Aletta over the weekend, with rapid weakening predicted by Sunday".

However, only one of these "A" hurricanes has reached Category 5 intensity, Hurricane Ava in June 1973, according to NOAA.

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