June 11 (UPI) — Hurricane Bud strengthened slightly as it made its way toward Southern California, forecasters said Monday.
Bud will approach southern Baja California Sur on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 p.m. advisory. Its center was located about 230 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes and 395 miles south-southeast of the tip of Baja California.
Bud has 125 mph maximum sustained winds and was moving northwest at 7 mph, the NHC said.
At Category 3, Bud was classified as a major hurricane.
“Some additional strengthening is possible today, but a slow weakening trend is expected to begin
on Tuesday,” the NHC said.
The Mexican government discontinued the tropical storm watch for Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes, the NHC said. No additional warnings were issued as the storm moved toward California, but the NHC encouraged the southern part of the state to monitor the storm.
Hurricane Bud is expected to deliver 3 inches to 6 inches of rain to much of southwestern Mexico, and up to 10 inches in isolated pockets.
The rain could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said.
“Swells generated by Bud will continue to affect portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico during the next few days,” the NHC said. “These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”
Bud is the second major hurricane to develop in the eastern Pacific this year, following Hurricane Aletta last week. Aletta weakened to a remnant low Monday afternoon.