Updated: As predicted, Tropical storm Aletta has developed into a hurricane, making it the first to be registered in Mexican waters this season.
Hurricane Aletta was being monitored in the Pacific earlier in the week and was predicted to develop into a hurricane by Thursday or Friday. On Thursday, Aletta officially became a Category 2 hurricane, making her the first of the 2018 season.
At 11:00 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Commission reported her advancement into a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour and gusts of 195 kilometers per hour as she slowly moves west-northwest at 9 kilometers per hour.
Hurricane Aletta was situated 740 kilometers west-southwest of Manzanillo, Colima and 365 kilometers south-southeast of Isla Socorro of the Mexican coastline. Meteorologists say that Aletta does not pose any danger to Mexico as she continues to head out to sea.
Update: Since the morning hours of Friday, Aletta has developed into a Category 4 hurricane. The National Meteorological Service reports Aletta has winds of 195 kilometers per hour and gusts exceeding 240 kilometers per hour.
Hurricane season for the Eastern Pacific runs May 15 to November 30 and starts June 1 in the Central Pacific, beginning two weeks earlier than the official season for the Atlantic Basin. The first tropical depression for the Pacific formed May 10.
Aletta is the second tropical depression and the first named hurricane for the Pacific this season.