Hurricane Aletta picks up steam, poses no risk to mainland

Infrared satellite view of Hurricane Aletta on the morning of June 8

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.

Hurricane Aletta intensified on Friday to category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, while located 815 km southwest of the port of Manzanillo in Colima state, Mexico's national weather service, National Meteorological Service (SMN), announced. Strengthening rapidly overnight, the storm was rated Category 4 by Friday afternoon as it continued to churn in the waters off the west coast of Mexico.

Late in the week, the center of Bud could approach Mexico's southern Baja California peninsula.

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This storm could intensify to tropical storm strength this weekend and could be named Bud.

It's too soon to determine whether this second system will eventually pose a direct threat to parts of Baja California next week.

Some outer rainbands will likely push ashore, at times, through next week, possibly triggering local flash flooding if they persist in any area for a few hours at a time.

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Infrared satellite imagery now shows that Aletta continues to lose organization and is rapidly weakening.

Also lurking in the Pacific Ocean to the northwest of Bud is Tropical Storm Aletta which is traveling deeper into the chilly Pacific waters as a weakening cyclone. 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.

The first hurricane, and the first major hurricane, of 2018 has formed (a major hurricane is considered a Category 3 or higher).

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Zoomed out view of Hurricane Aletta, June 8. "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted.

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