Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Bud grew to Category 3 force off Mexico’s Pacific coast on Monday, but forecasters said it was likely to weaken before a possible brush with the resort-dotted southern tip of the Baja California peninsula late in the week.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph) Monday morning. It was centered about 265 miles (425 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, and was moving northwest at 7 mph (11 kph).

Forecasters said Bud was expected to strengthen further before a slow weakening trend starts Tuesday.

“Significantly cooler waters around the southern tip of Baja California should reduce Bud’s intensity below hurricane status before it reaches that land,” the center said.

The Hurricane Center said the storm could generate swells that cause life-threatening surf and rip currents over the coming days along Mexico’s southwestern coast. Rainfall of 3 to 6 inches (75 to 150 millimeters), with isolated patches of 10 inches (250 millimeters), was possible into Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Aletta weakened into a tropical depression in the Pacific Ocean far off the Mexican coast and was expected to degenerate further and become a remnant low-pressure system later in the day. The storm peaked on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 mph (220 kph).

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