Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Tropical Storm Bud grows off Mexico's Pacific coast

Tropical Storm Bud grows off Mexico's Pacific coast

There is no threat to land.

Centered just under 500 miles south of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Aletta transformed from a tropical storm into a Category 4 hurricane in just 24 hours.

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. It was centered about 300 miles (485 kilometers) south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and was moving northwest at 9 mph (15 kph).

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a near or above normal Atlantic hurricane season for 2018.

Aletta is expected to weaken steadily when it encounters moderate shear on Saturday, which will lead to rapid weakening on Sunday or Monday.

Forecasters are also keeping an eye on another area of low pressure to the east of Aletta.

According to figures released in May, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is expecting a near-normal or above-normal season in the Eastern Pacific basin. Its winds increased 65 mph in just 18 hours, between 5 p.m. Thursday, when it was first named a hurricane, and 11 a.m. Friday, when its rating shot up to Category 4. The first eastern Pacific hurricane forms on June 26 on average.

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