Hurricane Bud could be a tropical storm as it nears Baja California Sur, Mexico, and airlines have begun issuing flight waivers for Los Cabos in anticipation of travel disruptions.
According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, Bud is now a category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph. The storm is expected to weaken, however, over the next 48 hours, with forecasts calling for it to drop below intensity by Wednesday night. The center of the storm is expected to near Baja California Sur on Thursday, when Bud is still forecast to be at tropical storm strength, and the center could pass near or over Baja California Sur on Friday.
No tropical storm watches or warnings are in effect, although the National Hurricane Center has advised interests in southern Baja California Sur, Mexico, to monitor the storm’s progress. Heavy rains could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, while strong surf and rip currents are likely to affect the coast.
A number of airlines have issued flight change waivers for customers flying to, from or through Los Cabos in anticipation of potential travel disruptions caused by the storm.
Delta is allowing customers scheduled to fly June 14 – 15 to rebook through June 19, with the new ticket to be issued on or before that date.
Southwest Airlines says that customers scheduled to fly June 14 – 16 can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pair.