Category 3 Hurricane Bud weakens on path to Mexico's Baja

Hurricane Bud strengthens off Mexico's Pacific coast

Hurricane Bud strengthens off Mexico's Pacific coast

Through Thursday, the storm is expected to dump rainfall of 3 to 6 inches (8-15 cm) across much of southwestern Mexico, with up to 10 inches in some areas.

Both depressions come in the wake of tropical storm Alberto, which slammed into Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S. in late May, killing 10 people.

The disturbance will likely produce locally heavy rainfall across portions of Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and the Yucatan Peninsula through Thursday, the Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane Bud became the second straight storm to reach Category 4 intensity following Aletta, which attained such strength Friday.

At 9:14 a.m. EDT (1314 UTC) on June 11, NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an infrared image of Bud. However, the image also showed the eye was obscured by high clouds.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of storms over the western Caribbean Sea. Despite weakening, Bud still could make landfall later this week as well as bring some locally damaging winds. That's about 235 miles (380 km) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico.

Hurricane Bud was churning the sea west of Mexico Tuesday morning as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour. Bud is now a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

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 estimated minimum central pressure is 960 millibars.

It is expected to have weakened to a tropical storm by the with periods of rain and gusty winds.

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