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Hurricane Aletta a Category 4 storm in Pacific off Mexico

Hurricane Aletta a Category 4 storm in Pacific off Mexico Hurricane Aletta a Category 4 storm in Pacific off Mexico
Melinda Barton | 10 June, 2018, 21:40

Aletta is the first hurricane of the 2018 season in the eastern Pacific.

In a recent development, the storm named as Hurricane Aletta, which was now intensified from a category 1 to Category 4 storm and will have a maximum sustained wind speed of about 140 miles per hour which is just 18 hours from Thursday and to Friday morning. Tropical Storm Aletta was last clocked with 60 miles per hour sustained wind speeds.

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

Late in the week, the center of Bud could approach Mexico's southern Baja California peninsula. If this next disturbance becomes a Tropical Storm it will be named Bud.

Hurricane Aletta a Category 4 storm in Pacific off Mexico

It's too soon to determine whether this second system will eventually pose a direct threat to parts of Baja California next week. Both storms could cause high surf, rip currents, rainbands and possibly flash flooding to occur. It is now rapidly weakening.

Also, Tropical Storm Bud formed Saturday night and is spinning off the Pacific coast of Mexico as a Category 1 storm.

Zoomed out view of Hurricane Aletta, June 8. The first eastern Pacific hurricane forms on June 26 on average.

Jonathan Erdman is a senior meteorologist at weather.com and has been an incurable weather geek since a tornado narrowly missed his childhood home in Wisconsin at age 7. It's happened seven other times since 1970, according to NOAA's historical hurricanes database.