Hurricane Aletta a Category 4 storm in Pacific off Mexico


Hurricane Aletta strengthened to a powerful Category 4 storm in the open Pacific on Friday, but it was well off the Mexican coast and forecast to head farther out to sea.

Aletta has weakened but remains a powerful Category 3 major hurricane with sustained winds of 125 miles per hour.

Hurricane Bud formed in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico on Sunday even as former Hurricane Aletta was fading.

It was about 555 miles (895 kilometers) south of the Baja California Peninsula.

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At 5 a.m. EDT (0900 UTC) on June 6, the center of Tropical Storm Aletta was located near latitude 14.6 degrees north and longitude 109.2 degrees west. The speed of the wind is 65 mph, and it will increase in less than 24 hours which is more than the criteria for the rapid intensification.

Forecasters expect the storm to make a turn toward the northwest over the weekend before a westerly turn Sunday or Monday.

With the formation of Aletta, the hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific basin is off to an early start. An average Eastern Pacific hurricane season sees the first hurricane form by June 26. "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted.

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.