Hur­ri­cane Bud should weaken be­fore bring­ing South­west rain

USA TODAY International Edition - - NEWS - Doyle Rice

Hur­ri­cane Bud, now a Cat­e­gory 3 storm with winds of 115 mph, con­tin­ued to spin off Mex­ico’s west coast Tues­day, the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said. Ear­lier in the day, it briefly strength­ened to a Cat­e­gory 4 hur­ri­cane.

Bud should weaken to a trop­i­cal storm be­fore near­ing the re­sorts of the south­ern Baja California penin­sula.

Beyond that, the rem­nants of Bud should bring wel­come rain to the parched and fire-rav­aged South­west U.S., po­ten­tially bring­ing the first in three months to cities such as Phoenix and Tuc­son. How­ever, the heavy rain could also lead to flash flood­ing there.

As of 5 p.m. EDT Tues­day, the hur­ri­cane cen­ter said Bud was about 310 miles south-south­east of Cabo San Lu­cas at the tip of the Baja penin­sula and was mov­ing north­west at 3 mph.

Strong waves caused some coastal dam­age in Aca­pulco on Mon­day.

Fore­cast­ers said Bud is mov­ing to­ward cooler wa­ters and is likely to fall be­low hur­ri­cane strength by Wed­nes­day night be­fore hit­ting or graz­ing Cabo San Lu­cas as a trop­i­cal storm late Thurs­day or early Fri­day.

The hur­ri­cane will churn up the ocean wa­ter along the Mex­i­can coast, which could cause life-threat­en­ing surf and rip cur­rent con­di­tions, the hur­ri­cane cen­ter said.

As rain from Bud falls across the South­west, the com­bi­na­tion of steep, rocky ter­rain and lo­cal­ized heavy rain­fall will raise the risk of iso­lated flash flood­ing, Ac­cuWeather warned. Dry stream beds, known as ar­royos, can sud­denly fill with rush­ing wa­ter.

Fore­cast­ers are also watch­ing a weather sys­tem in the Caribbean, which the hur­ri­cane cen­ter gives a 20 per­cent chance of de­vel­op­ing into a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion or storm within the next five days.

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