Category 3 Hurricane Bud forecast to weaken on path to Baja

Category 3 Hurricane Bud forecast to weaken on path to Baja

Bud is the second hurricane of the eastern Pacific hurricane season, following Aletta, which is rapidly weakening far out in the open ocean.

While rainfall from Bud or its remnants would be beneficial to the drought-stricken Southwest, it could also cause flash floods if too much falls too quickly, according to AccuWeather.

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.

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. However, some of its moisture will likely get drawn north into the Southwestern U.S. desert.

Mexico issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the southwestern coast of Mexico from Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes, popular resort areas.

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At that time, Bud is expected to have weakened to a tropical storm, with periods of rain and gusty winds. Business owners in Los Cabos have been advised to to monitor the progress of Bud throughout the week.

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

The average date when the first named storm forms in the Eastern Pacific Basin is June 10, according to NHC data from 1971 to 2009.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30.

Though forecasters said that "environmental conditions could became slightly conducive for some development" towards the end of the week, the system is now only at a 10 percent chance of forming into a cyclone in the next two days and 20 percent in the next five days. With tropical systems, it's best to prepare for the worst-case scenario - just in case.

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