Hurricane Bud to touch down in Mexico today
May 25, 2012
Hurricane Bud is headed toward Mexico's Pacific coast. The hurricane was a major Category 3 storm, but was recently downgraded to Category 2 as it drew nearer to land. The Associated Press reports Hurricane Bud led to school cancellations and emergency shelter preparations in Jalisco state as heavy rains are expected to reach shore today.
"Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the coast within the hurricane warning area this afternoon," read a report by the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, according to Reuters.
The agency reported there have been sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour, and the storm is traveling from the ocean toward Mexico at about eight mph. Along with Jalisco, the states of Colima, Michoacan and southern Nayarit fall within the storm's expected target area when it makes landfall.
While the storm is destined to reach Mexico, experts believe it may not stay long. There's a good chance Hurricane Bud will only stay over the west coast for a short period before traveling back to sea.