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11 June 2018, 06:24 | Marta Robbins
A Storm Bud Intensifies At West Of The Pacific Coast Of Mexico VOA
Tropical Depression 3-E has formed south of the Mexican Riviera just days after Hurricane Aletta become the first major hurricane of the 2018 Eastern Pacific hurricane season.
In just 24 hours, Aletta went from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane, doubling its maximum sustained winds (70 mph to 140 mph) by the 9 a.m. MDT Friday National Hurricane Center advisory. Aletta strengthened into a Category 4 Hurricane Friday Morning, but has since weakened back to a Category 2.
Fortunately, Aletta is no direct threat to land.
The center said swells generated by Aletta would begin to hit portions of mainland Mexico and the west coast of Baja California Sur and continue through the weekend, likely causing "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".
Aletta is located about 500 miles west of Mexico's west coast and is moving even farther away from land over the Pacific Ocean.
GW Hall & Son Seafood in Maryland. VOA
Meanwhile, Aletta's winds were down to 45 miles per hour (75 kph).
An average Eastern Pacific hurricane season produces 15 to 16 named storms, with eight to nine becoming hurricanes and four becoming major hurricanes.
With the formation of Aletta, the hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific basin is off to an early start.
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. If the disturbance earns a name, it will be called Bud.
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