Hurricane Bud targets Mexico, may affect Southwest US

Leroy Wright
June 11, 2018

By 9 am local time on Friday, and it had upgraded to category 4 storm with speed of 140 miles per hour winds. 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.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Aletta is centered about 530 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico.

Zoomed out view of Hurricane Aletta, June 8. Hurricane Aletta, which formed early Wednesday, achieved hurricane status on Thursday afternoon after its sustained winds climbed to 120 km/h. It will be tracking into the same favorable conditions - warm ocean waters and little wind shear - that allowed Aletta to strengthen so quickly.

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Flash flooding and damaging winds are not expected from the hurricane at the start of next week. The National Hurricane Center is giving the tropical wave a good chance to develop into a tropical depression this weekend south of the Mexican Riveria. The first eastern Pacific hurricane forms on June 26 on average.

Jonathan Erdman is a senior meteorologist at and has been an incurable weather geek since a tornado narrowly missed his childhood home in Wisconsin at age 7. If the disturbance earns a name, it will be called Bud.

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