Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Aletta Becomes a Major Hurricane In The Pacific

Aletta Becomes a Major Hurricane In The Pacific

There is no threat to land.

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. Some additional strengthening is possible through Saturday.

The center of the storm was located about 455 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. By Monday, it's forecast to become a hurricane.

Forecasters said Bud likely would strengthen over the next few days but was expected to weaken back to a tropical storm once it reached the cooler waters near the Baja California Peninsula. It is now rapidly weakening.

The first hurricane, and the first major hurricane, of 2018 has formed (a major hurricane is considered a Category 3 or higher).

According to figures released in May, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is expecting a near-normal or above-normal season in the Eastern Pacific basin.

In order for a hurricane to qualify as a Category 4 storm, it would have to produce winds between 130 to 156 miles per hour, according to NASA, and Aletta seems determined to top that category. This disturbance is now a cluster of storms, but is becoming better organized. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30, with peak activity from July through September.

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