Hurricane Aletta a Category 4 storm in Pacific off Mexico

Clay Curtis
June 10, 2018

By Monday, it's forecast to become a hurricane.

Aletta is the first hurricane of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season - and the first major hurricane.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Aletta is centered about 530 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. Hurricane Aletta, which formed early Wednesday, achieved hurricane status on Thursday afternoon after its sustained winds climbed to 120 km/h. 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).

"The remarkable intensification of Aletta has continued through this morning", the National Hurricane Center wrote in its 11 a.m. advisory. It boasts a attractive presence on satellite imagery, nearly perfectly symmetric and featuring a well-defined eye. Aletta should strengthen over the next couple days before weakening back to a tropical storm midday Sunday and a tropical depression midday Tuesday.

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The east Pacific hurricane season, which starts on May 15 each year, has its first official hurricane.

Jonathan Erdman is a senior meteorologist at and has been an incurable weather geek since a tornado narrowly missed his childhood home in Wisconsin at age 7. "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted.

Another disturbance is coming in right behind Aletta though. If this next disturbance becomes a Tropical Storm it will be named Bud.

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