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Aletta is the first hurricane of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season - and the first major hurricane. It could grow into a Category 4 sometime Friday.

Aletta has rapidly intensified into the hemisphere's first major hurricane for 2018 as the storm hits maximum sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour, The Weather Channel reported. It boasts a attractive presence on satellite imagery, nearly perfectly symmetric and featuring a well-defined eye.

Zoomed out view of Hurricane Aletta, June 8.

Forecasters said the hurricane may gain more intensity before a combination of increased wind shear and decreasing ocean heat will cause Aletta to break down. It predicts the storm's intensity to peak late Friday, with maximum winds of 145 miles per hour, just about 10 miles per hour shy of Category 5 levels. A dome of high pressure over northern Mexico is steering Aletta away from land and forecasters expect it to continue its west-northwest track over the next few days.

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The center said Aletta is likely to become a hurricane by Thursday as it moves westward into the Pacific.

With the formation of Aletta, the hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific basin is off to an early start. 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. "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted.

If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be named Bud. Computer models suggest moisture from this system could get drawn up into the Desert Southwest late next week feeding afternoon showers and storms.

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