Hurricane Aletta hits Category 4 strength before weakening

June 9 (UPI) — After becoming the first major hurricane of the Pacific season, Aletta went from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane in just 24 hours.

The hurricane, off the Mexican coast, poses no threat to land. On Saturday, the storm began to weaken and is expected to drop below hurricane strength by Sunday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The center of the storm was located about 860 miles south-southwest of Baja, California. It had 75-mph maximum sustained winds and was moving west at 6 mph, the NHC’s 3 p.m. EDT update said.

There were no watches or warnings in place.

Forecasters expect the storm to continue northwest Saturday, followed by a gradual turn to the west by Sunday night into Monday.

Aletta expected to weaken to a tropical storm by Sunday morning and to a tropical depression by Sunday night.

The NHC said Aletta became a hurricane 19 days before the average date of the first eastern Pacific hurricane, which is June 26.

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