Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

It is expected to continue moving northwest today and tonight with a drop in forward speed.

Bud has 120 miles per hour maximum sustained winds and was moving northwest at 7 miles per hour, the NHC said.

"Bud is now a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale".

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The hurricane is moving north-west at about 10mph - a course it is expected to take until mid-week, the NHC said.

Hurricane Bud is expected to deliver 3 inches to 6 inches of rain to much of southwestern Mexico, and up to 10 inches in isolated pockets.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) started monitoring rain and storms in the Southwestern Caribbean for possible tropical development by the time an associated tropical wave reaches the Gulf of Mexico.

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Even if no tropical system develops, forecasters warned that the system could dump heavy rain on flood prone areas in Nicaragua, Honduras and other parts of Central America as well as the Yucatan through Thursday.

A tropical storm watch was issued by the government of Mexico for Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes, The Weather Channel reported.

A disorganized area of weather over the Caribbean Sea has a 20 percent chance of tropical development in the next five days as it moves northwestward toward the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Aletta weakened into remnant low-pressure system in the Pacific, far from the Mexican coast. It was about 600 miles (965 kilometres) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

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