Tropical Storm Aletta forms in the Pacific

AP News
Posted: May 15, 2012 4:37 AM
Tropical Storm Aletta forms in the Pacific

Tropical Storm Aletta has formed in the Pacific, becoming the first named storm of the year in the eastern north Pacific.

The storm has maximum sustained winds early Tuesday near 40 mph (65 kph) with additional strengthening forecast during the next day or so followed by gradual weakening.

The storm is swirling far out over the Pacific and is not posing a danger to land. Aletta is centered about 640 miles (1,025 kilometers) south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest near 9 mph (15 kph).

The storm's forecast track shows it going farther out to sea.