Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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Hurricane Center monitoring storms over Caribbean Sea

Hurricane Center monitoring storms over Caribbean Sea

Hurricane Bud, the second official hurricane in the eastern Pacific Ocean, upgraded to a Category 3 storm on Monday, June 11.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud had maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kph) Monday morning. According to the NHC, Hurricane Bud is expected to move north-northwest on Tuesday into the midweek.

Bud is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 75 to 150 millimeters across much of southwestern Mexico and waves of three to four meters in Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco.

Some additional strengthening is possible today but a slow weakening should begin tomorrow.

The Mexican government discontinued the tropical storm watch for Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes, the NHC said.

Monday afternoon the NHC started issuing a five day tropical weather outlook for that area in interest in the Caribbean.

Even if no tropical system develops, forecasters warned that the system could dump heavy rain on flood prone areas in Nicaragua, Honduras and other parts of Central America as well as the Yucatan through Thursday.

Bud's core and strong winds were expected to move away from the southwestern coast of mainland Mexico, while rain bands linger near the coast, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. advisory.

Both Alberto and this system popped in the southern Caribbean, where warm waters early in the season can help fuel tropical cyclones while waters remain too cool farther east in the Atlantic.

By Saturday, Aletta dropped back down to tropical storm status, AccuWeather reported.

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