Tropical Storm Bud on its way to second landfall
Tropical Storm Bud hit the southern edge of the Baja Peninsula in northwestern Mexico late Thursday. The storm brought heavy winds and rain to the Los Cabos beach resort, which experienced large waves and damage to palm trees.
Late Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Bud was expected to blow through the Baja Peninsula and head straight up the Gulf of California and make a second landfall on the mainland on Friday, according to The Associated Press.
State and local governments in Mexico reported that schools would remain closed on Friday as storms are expected to hit the Baja California Sur area. That area was hit in 2014 by Hurricane Odile, which was a Category 3 storm. Residents there were taking precautions as a result, although Bud is a much less severe storm.
Bud was a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday but weakened quickly after reaching the colder waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. Bud’s maximum winds were reported at around 45 mph by the National Hurricane Center.
AccuWeather reported that Bud is expected to produce downpours capable of bringing flooding and mudslides to the area. Those effects could extend to the southwestern U.S. where some areas haven’t seen measurable precipitation in three months.
Officials are also warning that Bud could also create rough seas and rip currents that could endanger swimmers and boaters from Mazatlan to Los Mochis, as well as along the coast of Baja California Sur into late Friday, according to AccuWeather.
Forecasters are also keeping an eye on another tropical depression south of Acapulco, Mexico. The storm is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Carlotta and could hit the coast of Mexico further south than Bud later this weekend.
Carlotta would be the third major storm of the year to develop in the eastern Pacific.