Hurricane Aletta grows to Category 4

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Aletta, the first tropical storm of the 2018 season in the Eastern Pacific Basin, is now moving west at around 7 miles per hour and will not be a threat to any land.

David Zelinsky, a forecaster at the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC), said Aletta's maximum sustained winds have increased to 220 kilometers (140 miles) per hour. It could grow into a Category 4 sometime Friday.

Aletta is located about 500 miles west of Mexico's west coast and is moving even farther away from land over the Pacific Ocean.

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The first hurricane, and the first major hurricane, of 2018 has formed (a major hurricane is considered a Category 3 or higher). The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30, with peak activity from July through September.

Jonathan Erdman is a senior meteorologist at weather.com and has been an incurable weather geek since a tornado narrowly missed his childhood home in Wisconsin at age 7.

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.

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