Hurricane Aletta weakening rapidly, now a Category 2 storm

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There is a tropical depression that could strengthen to a hurricane while moving northwest toward the West Coast of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said. It peaked on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph).

The Hurricane Center said the storm could generate swells that cause life-threatening surf and rip currents over the coming days.

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Hurricane Aletta has strengthened to a powerful Category 4 storm in the open Pacific but remains far from the Mexican coast and does not pose any threat to land.

The Weather Channel reported Aletta is centered just under 500 miles south of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. This disturbance is now a cluster of storms, but is becoming better organized.

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This storm could intensify to tropical storm strength this weekend and could be named Bud.

An average Eastern Pacific hurricane season produces 15 to 16 named storms, with eight to nine becoming hurricanes and four becoming major hurricanes. The average day for the first hurricane to form in the Eastern Pacific is June 26, although hurricanes are not unheard of before that date.

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Zoomed out view of Hurricane Aletta, June 8.

The 2015 season began with Category 4 Hurricane Andres, followed by Category 4 Hurricane Blanca, the record earliest-in-season second Eastern Pacific hurricane and major hurricane, which later became the record earliest Baja California landfall, as a tropical storm. "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted.

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