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First hurricane of year off Mexico’s Pacific is Category 4

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) says that Tropical Storm Aletta is now a Category 4 hurricane making her the first named hurricane of the 2018 season.

As of late Thursday, Aletta was reported to have advanced to hurricane status and as of Friday morning, was a Category 3 hurricane. However, over the course of the morning, Aletta has increased to a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Located 725 kilometers southwest of Playa Pérula, Jalisco in the Pacific Ocean, the National Water Commission (Conagua) reports winds of 195 kilometers per hour and gusts exceeding 240 kilometers per hour.

They explain that since Aletta is moving outward to open sea, she does not pose any threat to Mexico.

Aletta is the second tropical depression and the first hurricane of the Pacific hurricane season this year. For 2018, forecasters have predicted a total of 15 named storms, eight of which they say will become hurricanes, three of which will be a Category 3 or higher.

Hurricane season for the Pacific runs until November 30.