Tracking the Tropics
Hurricane Bud now a Category 2 storm in Pacific
MIAMI (AP) -- A tropical storm warning has been issued for the coast of Mexico as Hurricane Bud gains strength in the Pacific.
The tropical storm warning was in effect Thursday for Mexico's Pacific coast from Punto Telmo to Cabo Corrientes. A hurricane watch was also issued for that area.
Bud's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph (169 kph) with some some strengthening expected during the day. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says gradual weakening is expected to begin by Friday.
The storm's center is expected to approach Mexico's southwestern coast late Friday.
The hurricane is centered about 280 miles (450 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving north-northeast near 8 mph (13 kph).
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