Hurricane Bud on track to impact Mexico and the Southwest U.S.

Olive Hawkins
June 14, 2018

The hurricane should weaken to a tropical storm before approaching the resorts of the southern Baja California peninsula.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud had maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kph) Monday morning.

Its churning center was about 255 miles (410 KM) south of Manzanillo Mexico, the center said.

The Miami-based US National Hurricane Center offered similar data, but said it would start to slowly lose steam as it continues on a northwest track on Tuesday.

The second Eastern North Pacific hurricane of the season is whipping up 120 miles per hour winds but moving at a glacial pace of about 7 miles per hour.

Hurricane Bud became the second straight storm to reach Category 4 intensity following Aletta, which attained such strength Friday.

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"Even though Bud is now a powerful hurricane, it is going to pass over ocean waters of progressively decreasing heat content", the center said.

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

Through Thursday, the storm is expected to dump rainfall of 3 to 6 inches (8-15 cm) across much of southwestern Mexico, with up to 10 inches in some areas. NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of Hurricane Bud on June 11.

The swell also will generate strong rip and side currents, creating hazardous conditions for swimmers and surfers.

The Weather Channel said predicted it would be a tropical storm when it arrives in Baja California Sur. Middle Georgia is forecast to have either a very small chance of above average rainfall or near normal rainfall.

"Bud" ramped up to a Category 3 hurricane.

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