Hurricane Bud expected to weaken as it heads for Baja


Hurricane Bud weakened to a Category 3 storm in the Pacific Ocean more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) off the coast of Mexico on Tuesday, and should be a tropical storm by the time it makes landfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

"Significantly cooler waters around the southern tip of Baja California should reduce Bud's intensity below hurricane status before it reaches that land", the center said.

Its churning center was about 255 miles (410 KM) south of Manzanillo Mexico, the center said. In addition, rain from Bud "could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in higher terrain".

The disturbance will likely produce locally heavy rainfall across portions of Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and the Yucatan Peninsula through Thursday, the Hurricane Center said.

The centre said the hurricane's core still could generate risky heavy surf and rip currents over the coming days. NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of Hurricane Bud on June 11. That same climate pattern could also put a damper on the Atlantic hurricane season.

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However, tropical-storm-force wind gusts (over 39 mph) could begin affecting southern Baja California as soon as Wednesday.

"On the forecast track, the core of Bud and its stronger winds are expected to remain well offshore of the southwestern coast of mainland Mexico during the next few days", the advisory said.

The National Weather Service's seven-day rainfall forecast.

The 2018 hurricane season is here and after last year's devastating storms like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, officials are warning residents and tourists alike to be prepared if severe weather comes.