Hurricane Bud strengthens to a category 4 in Pacific


It was located about 255 miles from Manzanillo, Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.

Two major category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, ploughed through the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S. west coast during 2017's extremely active Atlantic storm season, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. It could also drop 3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 centimeters) of rain in Mexico causing flash floods and mudslides.

The center said the hurricane's core still could generate unsafe heavy surf and rip currents over the coming days.

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.

According to the hurricane center, Bud should decrease in speed over the next few days as it approaches land.

Hurricane Bud
NOAASatellite image shows Hurricane Bud

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

"Some additional strengthening is possible today, but a slow weakening trend is expected to begin by early Tuesday".

Bud is moving toward the northwest near 10 miles per hour (17 kph), and this motion is expected to continue today and tonight with a decrease in forward speed. It was centered about 265 miles (425 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, and was moving northwest at 7 mph (11 kph).

Hurricane Bud is the sequel to last week's Hurricane Aletta, which was eventually downgraded to a tropical storm. The estimated minimum central pressure is 960 millibars.

Bud's eyewall, containing its strongest winds, will remain far off the southwest Mexican coast.

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