Aletta rapidly strengthens into a Category 4 hurricane

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2018

The 2018 Eastern Pacific hurricane season has begun with a blast. Its winds increased 65 mph in just 18 hours, between 5 p.m. Thursday, when it was first named a hurricane, and 11 a.m. Friday, when its rating shot up to Category 4. This rise in the storm has been a swift one, and it had become the tropical storm on Wednesday, and it has puttered throughout the day.

The storm, which is located more than 500 miles off the coast of Mexico's Baja California coast, poses no threat to land.

This storm could intensify to tropical storm strength this weekend and could be named Bud.

Interests along the Mexican coast from Acapulco to Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos should monitor the progress of this second system into next week.

Some outer rainbands will likely push ashore, at times, through next week, possibly triggering local flash flooding if they persist in any area for a few hours at a time.

Also lurking in the Pacific Ocean to the northwest of Bud is Tropical Storm Aletta which is traveling deeper into the chilly Pacific waters as a weakening cyclone.

The NHC said Aletta became a hurricane 19 days before the average date of the first eastern Pacific hurricane, which is June 26. It is now rapidly weakening.

While it may seem unusual for the Pacific's first storm to be so strong, meteorologist Jonathan Erdman discovered it's not all that uncommon.

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