Hurricane Aletta a Category 4 storm in Pacific off Mexico

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 9, 2018

Hurricane Aletta erupted into a major hurricane in the East Pacific overnight. It grew from a Tropical Storm to a Category 3 hurricane within 24 hours.

Aletta is located around 450 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico.

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. Infrared satellite images show the storm has a distinct, 20-mile wide eye, with deep convection.

Churning over warm waters that can provide fuel and with relatively little wind shear to disrupt its towering thunderstorms, "there are no obvious reasons why Aletta should cease intensification", the National Hurricane Center said.

To the southeast of Aletta, another area of disturbed weather is forecast to become a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours.

For now, it is too soon for experts to know whether this second storm would pose any direct threat to the Mexican Pacific next week. Regardless, forecasters expect some impacts, such as high surf, rip currents and bands of rain along the coast will develop. 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.

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