Bud becomes major hurricane off Mexican coastStaff Writer | June 11, 2018
Hurricane Bud strengthened to a Category 3 storm Monday, as it swirled off Mexico's west coast, forecasters said.
Weather Bud has 120 mph maximum sustained winds
Its center was located about 265 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes and 475 miles south-southeast of the tip of Baja California.
Bud has 120 mph maximum sustained winds and is moving northwest at 7 mph, the NHC said.
At Category 3, Bud is now classified as a major hurricane.
The NHC issued a tropical storm watch for Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes, meaning tropical storm conditions are possible there over the several hours.
"Some additional strengthening is possible today, but a slow weakening trend is expected to begin on Tuesday," the NHC said.
Hurricane Bud is expected to deliver 3 to 6 inches of rain to much of southwestern Mexico, and as many as 10 inches in isolated pockets.
The rain could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said.
"Swells generated by Bud will continue to affect portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico during the next few days," the NHC said. "These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions."
Bud is the second major hurricane to develop in the eastern Pacific this year, following Tropical Storm Aletta last week. ■