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First Hurricane of 2018 forms in the Pacific Ocean

First Hurricane of 2018 forms in the Pacific Ocean

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph) Sunday morning. It was upgraded to a Category 3 storm on Friday. Such type of storms are classified as major hurricanes, and when they have hit Category 3 intensity or greater, then the danger rises ad they are expected to threat for the land.

It was about 555 miles (895 kilometers) south of the Baja California Peninsula.

Aletta formed off of the Southwestern coast of Mexico early this week, and became the first named Eastern Pacific tropical storm of the year on Wednesday.

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The Pacific's first named hurricane, Aletta, weakened rapidly to a Category 2 storm on Saturday. Infrared satellite images show the storm has a distinct, 20-mile wide eye, with deep convection.

"The hurricane has less than a day to strengthen before the environment becomes less hospitable, with a notable increase in shear and decrease in water temperatures forecast this weekend", the National Hurricane Center said. Regardless, forecasters expect some impacts, such as high surf, rip currents and bands of rain along the coast will develop.

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.

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