Hurricane Aletta becomes Category 3 in Eastern Pacific | Don't Miss This

  • Hurricane Aletta becomes Category 3 in Eastern Pacific | Don't Miss This

Hurricane Aletta becomes Category 3 in Eastern Pacific | Don't Miss This

Aletta, the first tropical storm of the 2018 season in the Eastern Pacific Basin, is now moving west at around 7 miles per hour and will not be a threat to any land.

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30. It could grow into a Category 4 sometime Friday. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and is moving toward the west-northwest at five miles per hour (seven kph).

"The remarkable intensification of Aletta has continued through this morning", the National Hurricane Center wrote in its 11 a.m. advisory.

The center of the storm was located about 455 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. It boasts a handsome presence on satellite imagery, nearly perfectly symmetric and featuring a well-defined eye.

Forecasters said Aletta is now a Category 3 hurricane.

Zoomed out view of Hurricane Aletta, June 8.

Forecasters expect the storm to make a turn toward the northwest over the weekend before a westerly turn Sunday or Monday.

The center said the storm was likely to strengthen some more as it moved farther out into the Pacific, but predicted Aletta would begin weakening Saturday.

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

If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be named Bud. The first eastern Pacific hurricane forms on June 26 on average.