Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexico

Bud could reach the Los Cabos resort region by Thursday or Friday

Bud could reach the Los Cabos resort region by Thursday or Friday

High surf, rip currents, and bands of rain may affect the coast. Bud is located east of Tropical Storm Aletta.

When Tropical Depression Three-E becomes a tropical storm, it will earn the name Bud. Business owners in Los Cabos have been advised to to monitor the progress of Bud throughout the week.

At least some peripheral impacts are possible near the coast from future Bud, even if the center remains offshore.

However, outer rainbands will continue to wrap ashore over southwest Mexico over the next few days.

What's left of Bud is forecast to streak north over the Gulf of California and dissipate over the weekend.

Bud was moving northwest at about 3 miles per hour (6 kph) and was forecast to approach Baja California Sur on Thursday as a tropical storm.

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By mid-morning on Tuesday, Bud was moving towards the northwest at around 6 mph (9 km/h) and was around 325 miles (523 kilometers) south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas.

Infrared satellite imagery shows a distinct 15 to 20 mile-wide eye along with impressive bands of rain and thunderstorm clusters. It is now rapidly weakening. This is unusually early for two hurricanes to have formed, as the average date for the second hurricane to form in the eastern Pacific is July 14, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said.

The hurricane season is striking well ahead of schedule. Earlier Tuesday, it briefly strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane. NOAA predicts that seven to 12 hurricanes will form.

Bud is expected to hit southern Baja California Sur on Thursday, potentially getting further inland and hitting southern Arizona by late Sunday, according to the center's estimates.

The 2018 hurricane season is here and after last year's devastating storms like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, officials are warning residents and tourists alike to be prepared if severe weather comes.

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