Aletta, first 2018 hurricane, reaches Category 4 near Mexico


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.

Hurricane Aletta rapidly intensified to Category 4 intensity, but is quickly weakening.

The center of the storm was located about 455 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico.

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 center said swells generated by Aletta would begin to hit portions of mainland Mexico and the west coast of Baja California Sur and continue through the weekend, likely causing "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

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If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be named Bud.

The east Pacific hurricane season, which starts on May 15 each year, has its first official hurricane.

It's not unusual for the Eastern Pacific season's first storm to be a Category 4 hurricane.

Jonathan Erdman is a senior meteorologist at and has been an incurable weather geek since a tornado narrowly missed his childhood home in Wisconsin at age 7.

Early on June 6, Tropical Depression Two-E was upgraded to Tropical Storm Aletta.

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