Bud now category 4 hurricane; weakening expected today

Pat Wise
June 14, 2018

As of the Tuesday morning advisory, winds were up to 130 miles per hour making Bud a major category 4 hurricane. It's centered about 235 miles (380 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving northwest at 10 mph (17 kph).

By Wednesday night, Bud should have weakened to below hurricane strength and is expected to reach the peninsula by late Thursday or early Friday, the NHC said.

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.

Hurricane Bud is the sequel to last week's Hurricane Aletta, which was eventually downgraded to a tropical storm.

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. The hurricane center warned that this could cause flash floods and mudslides.

El Niño could also put a damper on the Atlantic hurricane season.

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While the National Hurricane Center is giving it a low chance of formation in the next 2-5 days, there may be potential form development farther out as the system moves towards the western Gulf of Mexico.

For the season as a whole, three to six tropical cyclones are predicted for the central Pacific hurricane basin, which includes tropical depressions, named storms and hurricanes.

NHC forecasters noted that 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.

"People in the zones of the states with forecast of rains, wind and waves, including maritime navigation, are recommended to take extreme precautions and to comply with the recommendations issued by the authorities", Mexico's meteorological service said in a statement.

"Bud" ramped up to a Category 3 hurricane.

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