Hurricane Aletta a Category 4 storm in Pacific off Mexico

Hurricane Aletta a Category 4 storm in Pacific off Mexico

Aletta, the first hurricane of the 2018 season in the Eastern Pacific Basin, is now moving west-northwest at 6 miles per hour and will not be a threat to any significant landmasses.

Hurricane Aletta rapidly intensified to Category 4 intensity, but is quickly weakening.

The Hurricane Center said the storm could generate swells that cause life-threatening surf and rip currents over the coming days.

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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AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said: "Since this system will track over and through an environment very similar to what Aletta experienced, there's a good chance that it will become a hurricane".

The center of the storm was located about 555 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja, California.

Aletta was first named a hurricane on Thursday, June 7, which is over two weeks earlier than normal.

The first hurricane, and the first major hurricane, of 2018 has formed (a major hurricane is considered a Category 3 or higher). "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted. Out in the Pacific, there are two tropical storms we're watching.

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