Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are monitoring a weather system in the southwestern Caribbean Sea that has a 20 percent chance of developing into at least a tropical depression over the next five days as it heads into the Gulf.

The swell also will generate strong rip and side currents, creating hazardous conditions for swimmers and surfers.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Bud has maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kph).

The NHC noted that some additional strengthening is possible Monday but a decline in strength is expected to start by Tuesday. A second system, Hurricane Bud, has since developed in the same region and is expected to send moist, humid air streaming into Southern California late this week.

Hurricane Bud is expected to deliver 3 to 6 inches of rain to much of southwestern Mexico, and as many as 10 inches in isolated pockets. According to the NHC, Hurricane Bud is expected to move north-northwest on Tuesday into the midweek.

Both depressions come in the wake of tropical storm Alberto, which slammed into Mexico, the Caribbean and the USA in late May, killing 10 people.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30.

Up to nine hurricanes and four "major" depressions with sustained winds of at least 100mph have been predicted by U.S. government, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Hurricane-force winds are extended outward up to 35 miles from the hurricane center, with tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 125 miles.

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