Hurricane Aletta picks up steam, poses no risk to mainland

GETTYThis year will be the most destructive hurricane season according to new research

GETTYThis year will be the most destructive hurricane season according to new research

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).

Fortunately, the hurricane poses no direct threat to land, however, a second named storm may be brewing in another area off the Mexican coast and should it develop into a tropical storm, it would earn the name Bud.

Hurricane Aletta is centered about 500 miles south of Mexico's Baja Peninsula and is tracking west-northwest away from land. It grew from a Tropical Storm to a Category 3 hurricane within 24 hours.

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The storm, located off the west coast of Mexico about 730 km west-southwest of Manzanillo at the time it became a hurricane, is expected to strengthen slightly through Saturday before it encounters cooler water and less-favourable atmospheric conditions.

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30. Meteorologist Travis Herzog says June is typically a quiet month in the Atlantic with 90% of all hurricane activity normally occurring after August 10th.

Forecasters expect the storm to make a turn toward the northwest over the weekend before a westerly turn Sunday or Monday. The first eastern Pacific hurricane forms on June 26 on average.

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