Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Hurricane Bud strengthens to category 3 off Mexico Pacific coast

Hurricane Bud strengthens to category 3 off Mexico Pacific coast

Hurricane Bud grew into a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 miles per hour off Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday.

Bud was moving toward the north-northwest at about 6 miles per hour (9 kph) and was forecast to approach Baja California Sur on Thursday as a tropical storm.

Parts of Mexico's Pacific coast, including the port city of Manzanillo, have been placed under a tropical storm watch with the eastern edge of Hurricane Bud potentially scraping the shoreline as it moves north. The remnant moisture should move up into New Mexico and southeast Arizona.

And Bud will probably not be the last hurricane of the season, with AccuWeather meteorologists anticipating the East Pacific basin remaining active as an above-normal number of tropical cyclones remain in the forecast. In addition, ocean swells generated by Bud will continue to affect portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico during the next few days. This heavy rain could cause life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides, especially in high-terrain areas.

Looking back all the way to 1900, only six hurricanes have hit the Lone Star State in June - seven if you include Hurricane Audrey.

Hurricane Bud
NOAASatellite image shows Hurricane Bud

But the official forecast from the hurricane center said that no tropical storms or hurricanes are forecast to develop in the next five days.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30.

The next storm that forms in the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, or the Caribbean Sea will be given the name Beryl.

The first storm of the 2018 season was Subtropical Storm Alberto, a sprawling and somewhat disorganized system that made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Monday, May 28, Memorial Day.

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