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Aletta, the first hurricane of the 2018 season in the Eastern Pacific Basin, is now moving west-northwest at 6 miles per hour and will not be a threat to any significant landmasses. There is no threat to land.

Hurricane Aletta intensified on Friday to category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, while located 815 km southwest of the port of Manzanillo in Colima state, Mexico's national weather service, National Meteorological Service (SMN), announced. Some additional strengthening is possible through Saturday.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a near or above normal Atlantic hurricane season for 2018. However, it's encountering a hostile environment that'll allow the storm to rapidly weaken as we roll through Sunday.

Forecasters are also keeping an eye on another area of low pressure to the east of Aletta. It grew from a Tropical Storm to a Category 3 hurricane within 24 hours.

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According to figures released in May, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is expecting a near-normal or above-normal season in the Eastern Pacific basin. This disturbance is now a cluster of storms, but is becoming better organized.

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

Hurricane Aletta strengthened to a powerful Category 4 storm in the open Pacific on Friday, but it was well off the Mexican coast and forecast to head farther out to sea.

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