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Aletta Intensifies as Hemisphere's First Major Hurricane

Aletta Intensifies as Hemisphere's First Major Hurricane

Tropical Storm Aletta in the Eastern Pacific. (NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS))

By    |   Friday, 08 June 2018 12:18 PM

Aletta has rapidly intensified into the hemisphere's first major hurricane for 2018 as the storm hits maximum sustained winds of up to 140 mph, The Weather Channel reported.

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.

In order for a hurricane to qualify as a Category 4 storm, it would have to produce winds between 130 to 156 mph, according to NASA, and Aletta seems determined to top that category.

Fortunately, the hurricane poses no direct threat to land, however, a second named storm may be brewing in another area off the Mexican coast and should it develop into a tropical storm, it would earn the name Bud.

For now, it is too soon for experts to know whether this second storm would pose any direct threat to the Mexican Pacific next week. Both storms could cause high surf, rip currents, rainbands and possibly flash flooding to occur.

Last year went down as the most expensive hurricane season on record as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria wreaked deadly havoc throughout the Caribbean and Atlantic region.

Scientists now believe that hurricanes occurring over warming waters that surround the U.S. will just keep getting worse.

A recent study suggested that a hotter-than-normal Gulf of Mexico supercharged Hurricane Harvey last August and could "play a critical role and will shape future storms as the climate changes."

Looking ahead, forecasters predict an above average active hurricane season this year, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, and believe that between 14 to 18 named tropical storms and hurricanes could form in the Atlantic basin in 2018.

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Aletta has rapidly intensified into the hemisphere's first major hurricane for 2018 as the storm hits maximum sustained winds of up to 140 mph, The Weather Channel reported.
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