Only a few days after the announcement of Hurricane Aletta, Hurricane Bud is following not far behind as the once tropical storm has developed quickly into a Category 3 hurricane.
Hurricane Bud is the second named hurricane already this season in the Pacific. Meteorologists are warning of Bud’s potential to flood Mexico’s western coast as he passes much closer to land than Hurricane Aletta.
After Aletta began as a tropical depression early last week and became a Category 4 hurricane less than 48 hours later, she lost her strength, dropping back to tropical storm status by Saturday. While Aletta continues on her way out to open sea, Bud became a Category 1 hurricane Sunday and strengthened into a Category 3 early Monday morning.
Hurricane Bud is being followed closely as his trajectory takes him northwestward close to Mexico’s coast. The National Meteorological Service says that as Bud nears land, damaging winds and flash flooding are likely by Wednesday.
They report areas such as Manzanillo, Tecomán and Colola should be on alert for flash flooding since rivers may rise over their banks from heavy rains due to Bud. While winds and rains are not expected Monday, the National Meteorological Service says widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected from Oaxaca to Jalisco.
They add that coastal areas from Jalisco to Guerrero could have additional bouts of heavy rain and thunderstorms during the middle of the week, noting that rough seas and rip currents will threathen beach areas from Acapulco to Mazatlan, as well as southern Baja California, even though the storm remains far from these areas.
As of Monday at 6:00 a.m., Category 3 Hurricane Bud was located approximately 300 km southwest of the coasts of Jalisco and Colima, already causing strong rains to the west of the country, as well as gusts of wind from 50 to 70 km/h and high waves of 3 to 4 meters on the coast of Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco.
The hurricane will continue to intensify and move toward the west-northwest, parallel to the Mexican coast.