Aletta weakens to Category 3 hurricane

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There is no threat to land.

There's a low chance there will be tropical storm-force winds at some locations along the coast of Mexico through Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. Some additional strengthening is possible through Saturday. It had 45 miles per hour maximum sustained winds and was moving west at 6 miles per hour, the NHC's 11 a.m. EDT update said.

Aletta weakens to Category 3 hurricane
Aletta weakens to Category 3 hurricane

The Weather Channel reported Aletta is centered just under 500 miles south of Mexico's Baja Peninsula.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a near or above normal Atlantic hurricane season for 2018. "These conditions will likely cause significant weakening of Aletta over the weekend, with rapid weakening predicted by Sunday".

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With the formation of Aletta, the hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific basin is off to an early start.

During an average hurricane season we get 12 named storms, six that become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

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The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30. Aletta strengthened into a Category 4 Hurricane Friday Morning, but has since weakened back to a Category 2.

The first hurricane, and the first major hurricane, of 2018 has formed (a major hurricane is considered a Category 3 or higher).

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