Hurricane Aletta develops well off Mexican coast

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30, with peak activity from July through September.

Aletta has rapidly intensified into the hemisphere's first major hurricane for 2018 as the storm hits maximum sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour, The Weather Channel reported. It predicts the storm's intensity to peak late Friday, with maximum winds of 145 miles per hour, just about 10 miles per hour shy of Category 5 levels. It could grow into a Category 4 sometime Friday.

The first tropical storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season formed well off the coast of Mexico on Wednesday, but forecasters said it's not a threat to land.

The storm, located off the west coast of Mexico about 730 km west-southwest of Manzanillo at the time it became a hurricane, is expected to strengthen slightly through Saturday before it encounters cooler water and less-favourable atmospheric conditions.

Hurricane Aletta erupted into a major hurricane in the East Pacific overnight. Infrared satellite images show the storm has a distinct, 20-mile wide eye, with deep convection.

However, over the weekend, the storm is forecast to steadily decay.

If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be named Bud. Both storms could cause high surf, rip currents, rainbands and possibly flash flooding to occur.

The Weather Channel reported the average date when the first named storm forms in the Eastern Pacific Basin is June 10, according to NHS data from 1971 to 2009.

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