Tropical Storm Bud grows off Mexico's Pacific coast

Tropical Storm Bud grows off Mexico's Pacific coast

Tropical Storm Bud grows off Mexico's Pacific coast

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.

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.

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

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The west coast of Baja California Sur will be affected with high swells and rip currents this weekend.

The hurricane is forecast to move roughly parallel to the Mexican coast for several days and then head farther out into the Pacific Ocean. The hurricane is moving towards the west at a speed of 7 kilometers (5 miles) per hour, which will keep it well away from any land.

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. The average day for the first hurricane to form in the Eastern Pacific is June 26, although hurricanes are not unheard of before that date. Out in the Pacific, there are two tropical storms we're watching. It's happened seven other times since 1970, according to NOAA's historical hurricanes database.

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