NASA peers into the rainfall of Eastern Pacific' Tropical Storm Aletta

NASA peers into the rainfall of Eastern Pacific' Tropical Storm Aletta

The storm has maximum sustained winds near 120 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center said "Some strengthening is forecast and Aletta is expected to become a hurricane later today or early Friday".

Hurricane Aletta rapidly intensified on Friday morning, becoming a major category four hurricane as it moved further away from Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said. It boasts a lovely presence on satellite imagery, nearly perfectly symmetric and featuring a well-defined eye. It will be tracking into the same favorable conditions - warm ocean waters and little wind shear - that allowed Aletta to strengthen so quickly. If winds hit, 70 miles per hour it will be designated as a Hurricane.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said: "Since this system will track over and through an environment very similar to what Aletta experienced, there's a good chance that it will become a hurricane". Rapid weakening is then expected through the weekend.

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The average date when the first named storm forms in the Eastern Pacific Basin is June 10, according to NHC data from 1971 to 2009.

The east Pacific hurricane season, which starts on May 15 each year, has its first official hurricane.

While it may seem unusual for the Pacific's first storm to be so strong, Weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Erdman discovered it's not all that uncommon.

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