Bud heads toward Southern California as Category 4 hurricane

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   CATEGORY 3 Hurricane Bud is expected to rip through the western coasts of Mexico

NHC GETTY CATEGORY 3 Hurricane Bud is expected to rip through the western coasts of Mexico

The NHC said, with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, Bud is now moving northwest at about seven miles per hour.

"Even though Bud is now a powerful hurricane, it is going to pass over ocean waters of progressively decreasing heat content", the center said.

The National Meteorological Service issued a forecast at 7:00am for intense storm conditions in Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacán, Colima, Puebla, Chiapas and Oaxaca. Rainfall of 3 to 6 inches (75 to 150 millimeters), with isolated patches of 10 inches (250 millimeters), was possible into Tuesday afternoon.

Torrential downpours could cause "life-threatening" flash floods, mudslides and waves along coastal areas in Mexico, the NHC said.

Forecasters said Bud was expected to strengthen further before a slow weakening trend starts Tuesday. The storm peaked on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour.




The hurricane is moving north-west at about 10mph - a course it is expected to take until mid-week, the NHC said.

Hurricane Bud has grown to a category four hurricane but is still expected to get weaker as it approaches Mexico and the Southwestern United States, the National Hurricane Center's latest advisory says.

For the season as a whole, three to six tropical cyclones are predicted for the central Pacific hurricane basin, which includes tropical depressions, named storms and hurricanes.

Two major category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, ploughed through the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the USA west coast during 2017's extremely active Atlantic storm season, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

Maximum sustained winds were 195 kilometers per hour.

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