Aletta a major hurricane in the Pacific

Aletta a major hurricane in the Pacific

Aletta, the first named storm of the season, rapidly intensified Thursday night, becoming not only a hurricane but a powerhouse Category 4 Friday morning. It grew from a Tropical Storm to a Category 3 hurricane within 24 hours.

Aletta is located about 500 miles west of Mexico's west coast and is moving even farther away from land over the Pacific Ocean.

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. Meteorologist Travis Herzog says June is typically a quiet month in the Atlantic with 90% of all hurricane activity normally occurring after August 10th. It was upgraded to a Category 3 storm on Friday. A dome of high pressure over northern Mexico is steering Aletta away from land and forecasters expect it to continue its west-northwest track over the next few days. Zelinsky said there was no obvious reason for Aletta to stop gaining strength through Saturday, but he added that weather models indicate that the hurricane is likely to have reached its peak.

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

Hurricane Aletta erupted into a major hurricane in the East Pacific overnight. If the disturbance earns a name, it will be called Bud.

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