Hurricane Bud intensifying off Mexico's Pacific Coast

Hurricane Bud strengthens off Mexico's Pacific coast

The second named storm of the Pacific hurricane season grew into a Category 4 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday, as forecasters believe it will weaken before it impacts the popular resorts along the southern Baja California peninsula.

While Bud was initially expected to make landfall in Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane, new forecasts on Monday afternoon began predicting that Bud will hit Baja California or Cabo San Lucas as a weak tropical storm with winds reaching only about 40 miles per hour.

Bud will also create high seas and unsafe rip currents as it approaches land but is expected to begin to weaken before approaching Mexico's Baja California as a tropical storm later this week. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

Map showing the path of Hurricane "Bud". It could also drop 3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 centimeters) of rain in Mexico causing flash floods and mudslides.

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.

Bud's center is now just over 300 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, moving northwestward.

However, only one of these "A" hurricanes has reached Category 5 intensity, Hurricane Ava in June 1973, according to NOAA.

The Weather Channel said predicted it would be a tropical storm when it arrives in Baja California Sur.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Aletta weakened into a tropical depression in the Pacific Ocean far off the Mexican coast and was expected to degenerate further and become a remnant low-pressure system later in the day.

The official National Hurricane Center forecast predicts Bud's maximum sustained winds will drop to 70 miles per hour by Wednesday night, which is below hurricane strength.

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