Aletta Becomes a Major Hurricane In The Pacific

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The 2015 season began with Category 4 Hurricane Andres, followed by Category 4 Hurricane Blanca, the record earliest-in-season second Eastern Pacific hurricane and major hurricane, which later became the record earliest Baja California landfall, as a tropical storm.

Aletta, the first named storm of the season, rapidly intensified Thursday night, becoming not only a hurricane but a powerhouse Category 4 Friday morning. It could grow into a Category 4 sometime Friday.

The storm, which is no threat to any land area, is packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour.

Fortunately, the hurricane poses no direct threat to land, however, a second named storm may be brewing in another area off the Mexican coast and should it develop into a tropical storm, it would earn the name Bud.

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Zoomed out view of Hurricane Aletta, June 8. The speed of the wind is 65 mph, and it will increase in less than 24 hours which is more than the criteria for the rapid intensification.

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

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 first eastern Pacific hurricane forms on June 26 on average. Out in the Pacific, there are two tropical storms we're watching. "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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