The 2018 Eastern Pacific hurricane season has begun with a blast. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) and was moving west at 8 miles per hour (13 kph).
The first tropical storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season formed well off the coast of Mexico on Wednesday, but forecasters said it's not a threat to land. Its winds increased 65 mph in just 18 hours, between 5 p.m. Thursday, when it was first named a hurricane, and 11 a.m. Friday, when its rating shot up to Category 4.
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The center of the storm was located about 455 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. Infrared satellite images show the storm has a distinct, 20-mile wide eye, with deep convection. 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.
An average Eastern Pacific hurricane season produces 15 to 16 named storms, with eight to nine becoming hurricanes and four becoming major hurricanes. The NHC said it's too early to tell whether the second system will pose a threat to the Pacific coast next week. Both storms could cause high surf, rip currents, rainbands and possibly flash flooding to occur.