Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Aletta Becomes a Major Hurricane In The Pacific

Aletta Becomes a Major Hurricane In The Pacific

If this next disturbance becomes a Tropical Storm it will be named Bud. By 9 am local time on Friday, and it had upgraded to category 4 storm with speed of 140 miles per hour winds. 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 this week.

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

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

Aletta is located about 500 miles west of Mexico's west coast and is moving even farther away from land over the Pacific Ocean. Rapid weakening is then expected through the weekend. It was upgraded to a Category 3 storm on Friday. The average day for the first hurricane to form in the Eastern Pacific is June 26, although hurricanes are not unheard of before that date. "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted.

The center said Aletta is likely to become a hurricane by Thursday as it moves westward into the Pacific.

Jonathan Erdman is a senior meteorologist at weather.com and has been an incurable weather geek since a tornado narrowly missed his childhood home in Wisconsin at age 7.

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