Season's 1st tropical storm forms in eastern Pacific


The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30. It had 75-mph maximum sustained winds and was moving west-northwest at 6 miles per hour, the NHC's 5 p.m. EDT update said. It was upgraded to a Category 3 storm on Friday. It grew from a Tropical Storm to a Category 3 hurricane within 24 hours.

Aletta, the first tropical storm of the 2018 season in the Eastern Pacific Basin, is now moving west at around 7 miles per hour and will not be a threat to any land.

The Weather Channel reported Aletta is centered just under 500 miles south of Mexico's Baja Peninsula.

However, over the weekend, the storm is forecast to steadily decay. Zelinsky said there was no obvious reason for Aletta to stop gaining strength through Saturday, but he added that weather models indicate that the hurricane is likely to have reached its peak.

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Forecasters are also keeping an eye on another area of low pressure to the east of Aletta.

Aletta was first named a hurricane on Thursday, June 7, which is over two weeks earlier than normal.

"The hurricane has less than a day to strengthen before the environment becomes less hospitable, with a notable increase in shear and decrease in water temperatures forecast this weekend", the National Hurricane Center said.

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