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Hurricane Bud strengthens to category 3 off Mexico Pacific coast

14 June 2018
Hurricane Bud strengthens to category 3 off Mexico Pacific coast

Hurricane Bud grew into a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph) off Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday, but forecasters said they expect cooler waters to rob most of its punch before a potential collision with resorts of the southern Baja California peninsula.

Bud's centre is now about 350 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and is moving northwestward.

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.

Early on Tuesday, Bud was moving towards the northwest at around 7 miles per hour (11 km/h).

The good news is that Bud will begin weakening later today as it encounters cooler waters. It was located about 255 miles from Manzanillo, Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.

Southwestern Mexico should expect several inches of rainfall from Bud, with the possibility of ten inches in certain areas.

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

The Weather Channel said predicted it would be a tropical storm when it arrives in Baja California Sur.

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

The first named storm of the Pacific season, Tropical Storm Aletta, weakened on Monday into remnant low-pressure system in the Pacific, far from the Mexican coast.

Swells from Bud "are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions" along the west coast of Mexico, according to the hurricane center.