Aletta becomes first hurricane of eastern Pacific season

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Aletta becomes first hurricane of eastern Pacific season

Tropical Storm Aletta is spinning more than 440 miles off the southwestern coast of Mexico and using satellite data, NASA peered into the storm to uncover where the heaviest rain was falling. Tropical Storm Aletta was last clocked with 60 miles per hour sustained wind speeds.

Hurricane Aletta rapidly intensified on Friday morning, becoming a major category four hurricane as it moved further away from Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said.

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.

The Hurricane Center said the storm could generate swells that cause life-threatening surf and rip currents over the coming days. It will be tracking into the same favorable conditions - warm ocean waters and little wind shear - that allowed Aletta to strengthen so quickly. Rapid weakening is then expected through the weekend.

Aletta becomes first hurricane of eastern Pacific season
Aletta becomes first hurricane of eastern Pacific season

During an average hurricane season we get 12 named storms, six that become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

With the formation of Aletta, the hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific basin is off to an early start.

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30. "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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