Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Season's 1st tropical storm forms in eastern Pacific

Season's 1st tropical storm forms in eastern Pacific

It could grow into a Category 4 sometime Friday. The hurricane is moving towards the west at a speed of 7 kilometers (5 miles) per hour, which will keep it well away from any land.

Forecasters believe Aletta will keep the worst conditions well offshore, which will limit the potential for any threats to land.

In 2017, the basin saw 18 named storms, 9 of which become hurricanes, with 4 classified as major storms (category 3 or higher).

Aletta is the first hurricane in the eastern Pacific this season, which began formally on May 15 and will last until November 30.

Aletta will not directly impact any significant landmasses; however, the storm can still produce rough surf and unsafe rip currents along the western Mexican coast.

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The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30.

Also, Tropical Storm Bud formed Saturday night and is spinning off the Pacific coast of Mexico as a Category 1 storm.

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

Disturbed weather has now been identified in the southeast of Acapulco on Friday and is expected to turn into a tropical system over the weekend and early next week.

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