Aletta becomes first hurricane of eastern Pacific season

Casey Dawson
June 11, 2018

Aletta, the first hurricane of the 2018 season in the Eastern Pacific Basin, is now moving west-northwest at 6 miles per hour and will not be a threat to any significant landmasses.

Forecasters said Aletta is now a Category 3 hurricane. On Saturday, the storm began to weaken and was downgraded to a Category 1 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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People who get caught in a rip current are advised to swim parallel to shore until free of its influence.

"All residents and interests in this area should continue to closely monitor the progress of this evolving system".

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Aletta is not expected to directly impact any significant landmasses; however, the storm can still produce rough surf along the southern coast of Mexico and the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. "These conditions will likely cause significant weakening of Aletta over the weekend, with rapid weakening predicted by Sunday".

The season of Hurricane has just started in the Atlantic and the eastern Pacific Ocean, and it will be running through November 30th, 2018.

The first hurricane, and the first major hurricane, of 2018 has formed (a major hurricane is considered a Category 3 or higher).

While it may seem unusual for the Pacific's first storm to be so strong, Weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Erdman discovered it's not all that uncommon. Out in the Pacific, there are two tropical storms we're watching.

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