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Bud expected to become major hurricane by late Monday

Staff Writer | June 11, 2018
Category 2 Hurricane Bud is expected to strengthen off Mexico's west coast and could likely become a major hurricane by late Monday, forecasters said.
Hurricane Bud
Weather   The NHC issued a tropical storm watch
In an update Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center said Bud's core and strong winds are expected to remain offshore over the next few days.

The center of the storm was located about 220 miles south-southwest of Manzanillo and about 285 miles south of Cabo Corrientes, and has 105 mph maximum sustained winds, the NHC said. It's moving northwest at 10 mph.

Storms with Category 3 strength or greater are classified as major hurricanes.

The NHC issued a tropical storm watch for Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes, meaning tropical storm conditions are possible there over the next day.

"Some strengthening is forecast today, and Bud could become a major hurricane later today," the NHC said. "A slow weakening trend is expected to begin by early Tuesday."

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.