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Hurricane Bud strengthens to category 3 off Mexico Pacific coast

Hurricane Bud strengthens to category 3 off Mexico Pacific coast

Hurricane Bud is beginning to weaken and is expected to arrive in Mexico's Baja Peninsula as a tropical storm late this week, after becoming the second Category 4 hurricane in just over three days in the Eastern Pacific Ocean 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.

Bud will also create high seas and risky 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.

The second Eastern North Pacific hurricane of the season is whipping up 120 miles per hour winds but moving at a glacial pace of about 7 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center noted winds, heavy rain and unsafe ocean swells are likely. It was located about 255 miles from Manzanillo, Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.

Bud is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations over southwest Mexico of 3 to 6 inches, with isolated totals up to 10 inches. "Bud is forecast to weaken below hurricane intensity by Wednesday night". That same climate pattern could also put a damper on the Atlantic hurricane season.

Heavy rain is likely to become the main hazard from the storm over Baja California and Mexico's adjacent mainland coast.

Forecasters for AccuWeather and Global Weather Cycles and Oscillations told Daily Star Online they are both predicting an above-average season - the third in a row.

The 2018 hurricane season is here and after last year's devastating storms like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, officials are warning residents and tourists alike to be prepared if severe weather comes.

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