Tropical Storm Aletta weakens as Bug develops

NASA peers into the rainfall of Eastern Pacific' Tropical Storm Aletta

Hurricane Aletta intensified on Friday to category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, while located 815 km southwest of the port of Manzanillo in Colima state, Mexico's national weather service, National Meteorological Service (SMN), announced. It peaked on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph).

Newly formed Tropical Depression Three-E will likely become a tropical storm this weekend south of the Mexican Riviera. This disturbance is now a cluster of storms, but is becoming better organized.

"All residents and interests in this area should continue to closely monitor the progress of this evolving system". Breaking waves and rip currents will be a threat along those beaches into at next week.

The latest infrared satellite imagery suggests that Aletta has become better organized over the last 6-12 hours and is nearing hurricane status. It is now rapidly weakening.

Aletta was first named a hurricane on Thursday, June 7, which is over two weeks earlier than normal.

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

It's not unusual for the Eastern Pacific season's first storm to be a Category 4 hurricane. "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted.

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