Aletta, first 2018 hurricane, reaches Category 4 near Mexico


Out in the Pacific, there are two tropical storms we're watching.

Hurricane Aletta rapidly intensified to Category 4 intensity, but is quickly weakening. Neither immediately threatened land, though Bud was expected to kick up high surf along the coast and potentially could reach the Los Cabos resort region by Thursday or Friday. Breaking waves and rip currents will be a threat along those beaches into at next week.

"All residents and interests in this area should continue to closely monitor the progress of this evolving system".

The Weather Channel reported Aletta is centered just under 500 miles south of Mexico's Baja Peninsula.

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In a recent development, the storm named as Hurricane Aletta, which was now intensified from a category 1 to Category 4 storm and will have a maximum sustained wind speed of about 140 miles per hour which is just 18 hours from Thursday and to Friday morning.

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

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30.

An average Eastern Pacific hurricane season produces 15 to 16 named storms, with eight to nine becoming hurricanes and four becoming major hurricanes. Aletta should strengthen over the next couple days before weakening back to a tropical storm midday Sunday and a tropical depression midday Tuesday. It's happened seven other times since 1970, according to NOAA's historical hurricanes database.