First hurricane of Pacific season, Aletta, weakens to remnant low

Gwen Vasquez
June 14, 2018

The US National Hurricane Centre said Bud was cantered about 350 miles (560 kilometres) south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas at the tip of the Baja peninsula and it was moving northwest at 7 mph (11 kph).

The hurricane should weaken to a tropical storm before approaching the resorts of the southern Baja California peninsula.

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

"These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides", the NHC said.

The hurricane season is striking well ahead of schedule.

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Although authorities established a surveillance zone to follow the trajectory of the hurricane northward along Mexico's western coast, there were no evacuations of tourist spots like Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

In terms of rainfall, Bud is predicted to drench southwestern Mexico with three to six inches, with some areas seeing as much as 10 inches. Bud is expected to become a Category 2 Hurricane by Monday, with winds of 110mph.

Instead of curving westward like Aletta, AccuWeather predicts Bud will head towards Baja California, passing over cooler waters and weakening into a tropical storm that will hit the region with showers and thunderstorms beginning Thursday and carrying on into the weekend. But the official forecast from the hurricane center said that no tropical storms or hurricanes are forecast to develop in the next five days. Middle Georgia is forecast to have either a very small chance of above average rainfall or near normal rainfall.

However, only one of these "A" hurricanes has reached Category 5 intensity, Hurricane Ava in June 1973, according to NOAA.

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