Tropical Storm Aletta nears hurricane status

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The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core observatory satellite passed above developing tropical storm Aletta on June 6, 2018 at 0046 UTC (June 5 at 8:46 p.m. EDT).

Hurricane Bud is strengthening at this hour off the western coast of Mexico.

Hurricane Bud formed in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico on Sunday even as former Hurricane Aletta was fading. On Sunday evening, Bud was located 235 miles south of the mainland resort city of Manzanillo, boasting sustained gusts of 80 mph.

Hurricane Aletta started as tropical depression on Tuesday night before it quickly reached tropical storm status the following morning. This disturbance is now a cluster of storms, but is becoming better organized.

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Forecasters believe Aletta will keep the worst conditions well offshore, which will limit the potential for any threats to land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph) at midafternoon Sunday.

The hurricane season in the Pacific officially began on May 15 and will end on November 30. It is now rapidly weakening. The outlook calls for 14 to 20 named storms, including 7 to 12 hurricanes, of which 3 to 7 become major hurricanes (category 3 or higher). It's happened seven other times since 1970, according to NOAA's historical hurricanes database.

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