MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Bud weakened rapidly off Mexico's Pacific coast Tuesday as forecasters said they expected cooler waters to rob the storm of most of its punch before it reached the resorts at the southern end of the Baja California Peninsula later in the week.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud was a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph) and was centered about 310 miles (495 kilometers) south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas at the peninsula's southern tip.
Earlier it had just barely crossed the threshold of wind strength to be classified a Category 4 storm.
Bud was moving northwest at about 3 mph (6 kph) and was forecast to approach Baja California Sur on Thursday as a tropical storm.
"Further weakening, possibly rapid at times, is expected during the next 48 hours, and Bud is forecast to weaken below hurricane intensity by Wednesday night," the center said.
The center said the hurricane still could generate dangerous surf and rip currents over the coming days, with heavy swells reaching the peninsula later Tuesday.
Rainfall of 3 to 6 inches (75 to 150 millimeters), with isolated patches of 10 inches (250 millimeters), was possible over much of the region. The Civil Defense agency for the state of Michoacan reported minor damage to some coastal dwellings.
The twin resort cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are popular destinations for international and domestic travelers, receiving millions of tourists annually.