Monday, 18 June, 2018

Hurricane Aletta weakening rapidly, now a Category 2 storm

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Deanna Wagner | 11 June, 2018, 06:25

A Category 3 storm is classified as a major hurricane with sustained winds from 111-129 miles per hour.

Aletta will not directly impact any significant landmasses; however, the storm can still produce rough surf and risky rip currents along the western Mexican coast.

The hurricane is forecast to move roughly parallel to the Mexican coast for several days and then head farther out into the Pacific Ocean. Breaking waves and rip currents will be a threat along those beaches into at next week.

Infrared satellite imagery now shows that Aletta continues to lose organization and has become less symmetric.

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The Weather Channel reported Aletta is centered just under 500 miles south of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. It is now rapidly weakening. It grew from a Tropical Storm to a Category 3 hurricane within 24 hours.

Mexico's National Water Commission (Conagua) is predicting 32 hurricanes for this season, four more than average, with 18 in the Pacific and 14 in the Atlantic.

Disturbed weather has now been identified in the southeast of Acapulco on Friday and is expected to turn into a tropical system over the weekend and early next week.

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