Aletta becomes first hurricane of eastern Pacific season

A Storm Bud Intensifies At West Of The Pacific Coast Of Mexico

A Storm Bud Intensifies At West Of The Pacific Coast Of Mexico VOA

On the Atlantic side, Subtropical Storm Alberto slammed into the Mexican Caribbean in late May, forcing the evacuation of oil workers in the Gulf of Mexico and killing nearly 10 people in Cuba and in the U.S. Southeast.

Aletta, which became a hurricane on Thursday afternoon, rapidly intensified in less than 24 hours. It was centered about 210 miles (340 kilometers) south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and was moving northwest at 10 mph (17 kph).

High surf, rip currents, and bands of rain may affect the coast. It's too soon to determine whether Bud will eventually pose a direct threat to parts of Baja California.

Forecasters said Aletta is now a Category 3 hurricane.

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Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Aletta weakened into a tropical depression in the Pacific Ocean far off the Mexican coast and was expected to degenerate further and become a remnant low-pressure system later in the day.

The hurricane season in the Pacific officially began on May 15 and will end on November 30. It could grow into a Category 4 sometime Friday. It's happened seven other times since 1970, according to NOAA's historical hurricanes database. Late Wednesday, the storm is expected to turn towards the Baja Peninsula and Cabo San Lucas.

While it may seem odd for the Pacific's first storm to be so strong, Weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Erdman discovered it's not all that uncommon.

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