Aletta becomes first hurricane of 2018 Pacific season

The National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Aletta currently poses no threat to land. Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

June 7 (UPI) — Aletta strengthened from a tropical storm to a hurricane — the first of the Pacific hurricane season — Thursday afternoon off the coast of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.

The center of the storm was located about 455 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. It had 75-mph maximum sustained winds and was moving west-northwest at 6 mph, the NHC’s 5 p.m. EDT update said.

There were no watches or warnings in place.

Forecasters expect the storm to make a turn toward the northwest over the weekend before a westerly turn Sunday or Monday. Aletta should strengthen over the next couple days before weakening back to a tropical storm midday Sunday and a tropical depression midday Tuesday.

The NHC said Aletta became a hurricane 19 days before the average date of the first eastern Pacific hurricane, which is June 26.


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