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Hurricane Bud Intensifies Off Coast of Mexico

18.3N 106.7W

May 25th, 2012 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Bud (02E) - May 25th, 2012

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Track of Tropical Hurricane Bud (02E) - May 25th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 02E

After intensifying into Tropical Storm Bud (02E) on May 22, with 40 mph sustained winds, the area of low pressure off the coast of Mexico remained at this intensity for one day before strengthening again. Starting early on May 23, the system reached winds of 65 mph (100 km/h) during the afternoon. By the next morning (May 24), Bud continued its rapid intensification, reaching sustained winds of 85 mph, and then 110 mph by the afternoon, as the system turned northward. Later on the same day, Bud turned to the northeast, and began to approach the coast of Western Mexico.

As of 2 p.m. PDT (2100 UTC) May 25, Hurricane Bud is located within 10 nautical miles of 19.2°N 105.5°W, about 80 mi (130 km) west of Manzanillo, Mexico and about 85 mi (135 km) south of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico. Maximum sustained winds are 65 knots (75 mph, 120 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 995 mbar (hPa; 29.38 InHg), and the system is moving north at 6 kt (7 mph, 11 km/h). Hurricane force winds extend up to 12 miles (19 km) from the center of Bud, and tropical storm force winds up to 105 miles (19 km) from the center.

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