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Aletta Intensifies as Hemisphere's First Major Hurricane

Aletta Intensifies as Hemisphere's First Major Hurricane

If this next disturbance becomes a Tropical Storm it will be named Bud. 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).

High surf will be generated, propagating first to the southern Mexican coast, then pushing northward toward the Baja Peninsula, including Los Cabos. Breaking waves and rip currents will be a threat along those beaches this week.

The US National Hurricane Centre says Aletta is centred about 505 miles (815 kilometres) west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico.

Late in the week, the center of Bud could approach Mexico's southern Baja California peninsula.

"All residents and interests in this area should continue to closely monitor the progress of this evolving system".

The east Pacific hurricane season, which starts on May 15 each year, has its first official hurricane.

The average date when the first named storm forms in the Eastern Pacific Basin is June 10, according to NHC data from 1971 to 2009. "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted.

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.

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.