Hurricane Bud expected to strengthen off Mexico
Hurricane Bud formed in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico today even as former Hurricane Aletta was fading. Neither immediately threatened land, though Bud was expected to kick up high surf along the Mexican coast and potentially could reach the Los Cabos resort region by Thursday or Friday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) at midafternoon today. It was centered about 255 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and was moving northwest at 9 mph.
Forecasters said Bud likely would strengthen over the next few days but was expected to weaken back to a tropical storm once it reached the cooler waters near the Baja California Peninsula.
The Hurricane Center said the storm could generate swells that cause life-threatening surf and rip currents over the coming days.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Aletta’s winds were down to 45 mph (75 kph). It peaked on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 mph (220 kph). It was about 575 miles (925 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula.