Monday, 18 June, 2018

Tropical Storm Bud grows off Mexico's Pacific coast

Infrared satellite view of Hurricane Aletta on the morning of June 8 Infrared satellite view of Hurricane Aletta on the morning of June 8
Jeannette Daniel | 10 June, 2018, 21:40

It's too soon to determine whether Bud will eventually pose a direct threat to parts of Baja California.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said: "Since this system will track over and through an environment very similar to what Aletta experienced, there's a good chance that it will become a hurricane".

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.

Tropical Storm Bud was building toward hurricane strength in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico on Sunday even as former Hurricane Aletta was fading.

In a recent development, the storm named as Hurricane Aletta, which was now intensified from a category 1 to Category 4 storm and will have a maximum sustained wind speed of about 140 miles per hour which is just 18 hours from Thursday and to Friday morning.

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However, only one of these "A" hurricanes has reached Category 5 intensity, Hurricane Ava in June 1973, according to NOAA.

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

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

While it may seem odd for the Pacific's first storm to be so strong, Weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Erdman discovered it's not all that uncommon.

With strengthening, Bud is expected to become a hurricane late Sunday or early Monday.

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