Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of storms over the western Caribbean Sea. In addition, ocean swells generated by Bud will continue to affect portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico during the next few days.

Torrential downpours could cause "life-threatening" flash floods, mudslides and waves along coastal areas in Mexico, the NHC said.

The center said the hurricane still could generate risky surf and rip currents over the coming days, with heavy swells reaching the peninsula later Tuesday.

Forecasters are also watching a weather system in the Caribbean, which the hurricane center gives a 20% chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm within the next five days.

An average Eastern Pacific hurricane season sees the first hurricane form by June 26, according to National Hurricane Center data from 1971 to 2009.

Looking back all the way to 1900, only six hurricanes have hit the Lone Star State in June - seven if you include Hurricane Audrey. The image showed a well-formed storm with powerful thunderstorms tightly circling the center.


NHC's seventh advisory was issued at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC). The storm became a major hurricane Monday when it surpassed Category 3.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Bud has maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kph).

Bud is located about 325 miles southeast of Cabo San Lucas.

Hurricane Bud formed Sunday and was to gain strength rapidly in the north Pacific, west of Mexico, US forecasters said. The estimated minimum central pressure is 960 millibars.

A system has to have a closed center of circulation and winds of at least 39 miles per hour to be considered a tropical storm and get a name.

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