Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

A graphic provided by the National Hurricane Center shows the location of Cat 3 Hurricane Bud.

The National Meteorological Service issued a forecast at 7:00am for intense storm conditions in Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacán, Colima, Puebla, Chiapas and Oaxaca. Rainfall of 3 to 6 inches (75 to 150 millimeters), with isolated patches of 10 inches (250 millimeters), was possible into Tuesday afternoon.

The Hurricane Center said the storm could generate swells that cause life-threatening surf and rip currents over the coming days along Mexico's southwestern coast.

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.

Some additional strengthening is possible today but a slow weakening should begin tomorrow. According to the NHC, Hurricane Bud is expected to move north-northwest on Tuesday into the midweek. Bud is the second official hurricane to develop in a week in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

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

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30. Aletta surged from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane late last week over the span of just 24 hours.

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.

Maximum sustained winds were 195 kilometers per hour.

In an average season, the Atlantic Basin will experience 12 tropical storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.

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