Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

As of the Tuesday morning advisory, winds were up to 130 miles per hour making Bud a major category 4 hurricane. It's now churning up waters more than 300 miles west of Puerto Vallarta and 400 miles south of Cabo San Lucas.

Hurricane Bud on Monday strengthened into a category three storm in the Pacific off the Mexican coast, but was still expected to remain well offshore, United States and Mexican meteorologists said. A tropical storm watch remained in effect for portions of Mexico's west coast from Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes. As it moves northwest, interaction with land should slow any possible development, but there may be more favorable conditions when it moves into the southwestern Gulf late this week.

The center said the hurricane's core was moving farther from Mexico's southwestern coast but still could generate unsafe heavy surf and rip currents over the coming days.

The outer bands of Bud will bring heavy rain to western coast of Mexico today, some areas could see up to 10 inches.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Aletta weakened into a tropical depression in the Pacific Ocean far off the Mexican coast and was expected to degenerate further and become a remnant low-pressure system later in the day.

Latest models show between three to four Category 3 hurricanes could form during the season, according to Tyler Roys, forecaster for AccuWeather.

Bud is packing 130 miles per hour winds and moving northwest at 7 miles per hour, the NHC said. Bud is expected to become a Category 2 Hurricane by Monday, with winds of 110mph.

"These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides", the NHC said.

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