Hurricane Bud churns in Pacific, could hit Mexico by end of week

Tropical Storm Bud

Tropical Storm Bud

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) today reported on a broad area of showers and thunderstorms that have persisted over the southwestern Caribbean Sea for the past several hours. A tropical storm watch has been posted for portions of Mexico's west coast.

Forecasters have warned Hurricane Bud will produce heavy rain which could cause life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides, especially in high-terrain areas.

The center said the hurricane's core was moving farther from Mexico's southwestern coast but still could generate risky heavy surf and rip currents over the coming days.

Forecasters are also watching a weather system in the Caribbean, which the hurricane center gives a 20% chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm within the next five days.

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The devastation from 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and 6 six major hurricanes reached near apocalyptic proportions in some regions, causing an estimated $282billion worth of damage.

And Bud will probably not be the last hurricane of the season, with AccuWeather meteorologists anticipating the East Pacific basin remaining active as an above-normal number of tropical cyclones remain in the forecast. It's now churning up waters more than 300 miles west of Puerto Vallarta and 400 miles south of Cabo San Lucas.

"Further weakening, possibly rapid at times, is expected during the next 48 hours, and Bud is forecast to weaken below hurricane intensity by Wednesday night", the center said.

It is expected to have weakened to a tropical storm by the with periods of rain and gusty winds. It was centered about 265 miles (425 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, and was moving northwest at 7 mph (11 kph).

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