Aletta expected to become first 2018 hurricane in Pacific

Mindy Sparks
June 9, 2018

Aletta is the first hurricane of the 2018 season in the eastern Pacific. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and is moving toward the west-northwest at five miles per hour (seven kph). It was upgraded to a Category 3 storm on Friday.

The center of the storm was located about 455 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico.

Aletta strengthened from a tropical storm to a hurricane - the first of the Pacific hurricane season - Thursday afternoon off the coast of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.

However, over the weekend, the storm is forecast to steadily decay. "These conditions will likely cause significant weakening of Aletta over the weekend, with rapid weakening predicted by Sunday".

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

The latest infrared satellite imagery suggests that Aletta has become better organized over the last 6-12 hours and is nearing hurricane status. "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted.

An average Eastern Pacific hurricane season produces 15 to 16 named storms, with eight to nine becoming hurricanes and four becoming major hurricanes.

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