Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Category 3 Hurricane Bud expected to weaken before hitting Mexico

Category 3 Hurricane Bud expected to weaken before hitting Mexico

Hurricane Bud is churning off the coast of western Mexico in the Pacific Ocean Tuesday as a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 miles per hour.

Hurricane Bud, now a Category 3 storm with winds of 125 miles per hour, continued to spin off Mexico's west coast Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

While the storm may strengthen on Monday, it will likely begin weakening on Tuesday, the centre said.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Aletta's winds were down to 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and it was predicted to dissipate by late Monday or early Tuesday.

Forecasters said the hurricane's eyewall, which contains its strongest winds, will remain far off the southwest Mexican coast but outer rainbands will continue to wrap ashore over southwest Mexico over the next few days.

Torrential downpours could cause "life-threatening" flash floods, mudslides and waves along coastal areas in Mexico, the NHC said.

The storm is the second of the 2018 Pacific hurricane season after Tropical Storm Aletta, which is moving west away from land.

In terms of rainfall, Bud is predicted to drench southwestern Mexico with three to six inches, with some areas seeing as much as 10 inches.

At that time, Bud is expected to have weakened to a tropical storm, with periods of rain and gusty winds.

The center said the hurricane's core still could generate risky heavy surf and rip currents over the coming days.

Forecasters for AccuWeather and Global Weather Cycles and Oscillations told Daily Star Online they are both predicting an above-average season - the third in a row.

However, only one of these "A" hurricanes has reached Category 5 intensity, Hurricane Ava in June 1973, according to NOAA.

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