Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hurricane Aletta grows to Category 4

Hurricane Aletta grows to Category 4

There's a low chance there will be tropical storm-force winds at some locations along the coast of Mexico through Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. It peaked on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph). 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.

It was about 555 miles (895 kilometers) south of the Baja California Peninsula. If the disturbance earns a name, it will be called Bud.

It's too soon to determine whether this second system will eventually pose a direct threat to parts of Baja California next week.

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.


The latest infrared satellite imagery suggests that Aletta has become better organized over the last 6-12 hours and is nearing hurricane status. Zelinsky said there was no obvious reason for Aletta to stop gaining strength through Saturday, but he added that weather models indicate that the hurricane is likely to have reached its peak. Rapid weakening is then expected through the weekend.

With the formation of Aletta, the hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific basin is off to an early start.

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

Mexico's National Water Commission (Conagua) is predicting 32 hurricanes for this season, four more than average, with 18 in the Pacific and 14 in the Atlantic.

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