Take Your Precautions! A Category 3 Hurricane Will Soon Be Hitting Mexico
If your suitcases are already packed for your next adventure to Mexico, you might want to take some precautions into consideration. Hurricane Bud, now swirling off the west coast of Mexico as a Category 3 storm, is forecast to bring heavy rain to Mexico and possibly the Southwest U.S. over the next few days.
As of today, Bud had winds of 120 mph and was moving to the northwest at 7 mph. It was located about 450 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of the Baja peninsula in Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.
A tropical storm watch remained in effect for portions of Mexico’s west coast from Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes.
Swells from Bud “are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” along the west coast of Mexico, according to the hurricane center. In addition, rain from Bud “could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in higher terrain.
Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area beginning this afternoon.
Actions to Take If You’re Already in Mexico:
- Monitor the local news for updates· Seek secure shelter.
- Follow directions from local officials.
- Monitor the Mexican government’s civil protection (“Protección Civil”) website
- If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
- Beware of lightning. Stay away from electrical equipment. Don’t use the phone or take a bath/shower during the storm.