Aletta, first 2018 hurricane, reaches Category 4 near Mexico

NASA peers into the rainfall of Eastern Pacific' Tropical Storm Aletta

First Pacific hurricane of 2018 explodes to Category 4

The centre said Friday morning that swells generated by Aletta will begin to affect portions of mainland Mexico and the west coast of Baja California Sur later in the day. Out in the Pacific, there are two tropical storms we're watching.

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 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. Breaking waves and rip currents will be a threat along those beaches this 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.

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Now running out of time, Aletta is traveling deeper into the chilly Pacific waters as a weakening cyclone.

Late in the week, the center of Bud could approach Mexico's southern Baja California peninsula. Rapid weakening is then expected through the weekend.

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

The NHC said Aletta became a hurricane 19 days before the average date of the first eastern Pacific hurricane, which is June 26. "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted.

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