Aletta, first 2018 hurricane, reaches Category 4 near Mexico

NASA peers into the rainfall of Eastern Pacific' Tropical Storm Aletta

NASA peers into the rainfall of Eastern Pacific' Tropical Storm Aletta

The tropical system continued to strengthen into a hurricane and by early Friday morning, Aletta had turned into a major hurricane, reaching Category 4 hurricane status only a few hours later.

The storm, which is located more than 500 miles off the coast of Mexico's Baja California coast, poses no threat to land. Aletta strengthened into a Category 4 Hurricane Friday Morning, but has since weakened back to a Category 2.

An SMN report said that at 10 a.m., Aletta "presented sustained maximum winds of 220 km/h and gusts of up to 270 km/h".

Aletta is the first hurricane of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season - and the first major hurricane.

Zoomed out view of Hurricane Aletta, June 8.

Meanwhile, Aletta's winds were down to 45 miles per hour (75 kph). The National Hurricane Center is giving the tropical wave a good chance to develop into a tropical depression this weekend south of the Mexican Riveria.

Mexico's National Water Commission (Conagua) is predicting 32 hurricanes for this season, four more than average, with 18 in the Pacific and 14 in the Atlantic.

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. It's happened seven other times since 1970, according to NOAA's historical hurricanes database.

With strengthening, Bud is expected to become a hurricane late Sunday or early Monday.

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