Hurricane Bud is weakening, could hit Mexico as tropical storm
Jun 14 2018
The hurricane should weaken to a tropical storm before approaching the resorts of the southern Baja California peninsula.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 miles per hour (185 kph) with higher gusts.
Aletta is centered just over 500 miles south-southwest of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.
Some additional strengthening is possible today, but a slow weakening trend is expected to begin by early Tuesday, June 12.
Bud's strongest winds reach out 35 miles from its core, while its winds of at least 39 mph - tropical storm strength - extend 125 miles, which means they could touch the coast as it moves past.
"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the NHC said.
Both the Atlantic Hurricane Season and Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season are underway.
"Even though Bud is now a powerful hurricane, it is going to pass over ocean waters of progressively decreasing heat content", the center said.
Hurricane Bud has strengthened to a category 4 hurricane off the Mexican coast as of Tuesday as it churns out over the open waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Southwestern Mexico should expect several inches of rainfall from Bud, with the possibility of ten inches in certain areas.
With maximum sustained winds of 115mph, Hurricane Bud is expected to rip through the western coasts of Mexico in the coming days. Middle Georgia is forecast to have either a very small chance of above average rainfall or near normal rainfall.
Latest models show between three to four Category 3 hurricanes could form during the season, according to Tyler Roys, forecaster for AccuWeather.