Hurricane Bud moving away from southwest Mexican coast

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

At the bottom left is Hurricane Bud in the eastern Pacific.

"Bud is now a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale".

The National Hurricane Center said the chances of a tropical depression forming over the next five days were low - 20 percent. According to the NHC, Hurricane Bud is expected to move north-northwest on Tuesday into the midweek.

Some additional strengthening is possible today but a slow weakening should begin tomorrow.

The center said the hurricane's core was moving farther from Mexico's southwestern coast but still could generate risky heavy surf and rip currents over the coming days.

Hurricane Bud is expected to deliver 3 inches to 6 inches of rain to much of southwestern Mexico, and up to 10 inches in isolated pockets.

The Mexican government discontinued the tropical storm watch for Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes, the NHC said.

The rain could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said.

The swell also will generate strong rip and side currents, creating hazardous conditions for swimmers and surfers.

In an average season, the Atlantic Basin will experience 12 tropical storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.

As of Monday afternoon the disturbance consisted of an area of rain and storms over the southwestern Caribbean along with a tropical wave over northwest Venezuela.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Aletta is expected to become a remnant by late Monday, the NHC said in an early-morning advisory.