Hurricane Bud grows to Category 3 force off Mexico's Pacific coast

Mindy Sparks
June 12, 2018

Bud is the second official hurricane to develop in a week in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Bud was moving northwest at 11 kilometers per hour and was expected to remain offshore of the southwestern coast of mainland Mexico, the NHR said.

At Category 3, Bud was classified as a major hurricane.

The hurricane is moving north-west at about 10mph - a course it is expected to take until mid-week, the NHC said.

Bud is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 75 to 150 millimeters across much of southwestern Mexico and waves of three to four meters in Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco.

The National Hurricane Center said the chances of a tropical depression forming over the next five days were low - 20 percent.

"Some additional strengthening is possible today, but a slow weakening trend is expected to begin on Tuesday", the NHC said.

The rain could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said.

Both depressions come in the wake of tropical storm Alberto, which slammed into Mexico, the Caribbean and the USA in late May, killing 10 people.

At its peak, Aletta was a Category 4 hurricane when it was first detected about 500 miles off Mexico's west coast late last week and scared up heavy swells that swept across the west coast from Baja, California and led to strong rip current conditions.

A system has to have a closed center of circulation and winds of at least 39 miles per hour to be considered a tropical storm and get a name.

By Saturday, Aletta dropped back down to tropical storm status, AccuWeather reported. It was about 600 miles (965 kilometres) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

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