Hurricane Bud grows to Category 3 force off Mexico's Pacific coast

Hurricane Bud strengthens off Mexico's Pacific coast

Hurricane Bud, the second hurricane in less than a week in the eastern Pacific Ocean, is expected to remain well offshore but will still deliver heavy rain and high winds to parts of the west coast.

The National Hurricane Center Monday evening (June 11) continued to monitor a disturbance in the western Caribbean expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. "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. Forecasters said the storm could strengthen a bit more before a slow weakening trend started Tuesday.

The storm is expected to generate 3 to 6 inches of rain in southwestern Mexico, the NHC said, warning of possible flash floods and mud slides. The storm peaked on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour.

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NHC said: "A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 24 hours".

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Aletta is expected to become a remnant by late Monday, the NHC said in an early-morning advisory.

That's according to the National Hurricane Center, which pegged the disturbance's chance of organization in the next two days at just 10% in this afternoon's tropical weather outlook. The depression is now located about 665 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.

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