Hurricane Bud strengthened off the southwest coast of Mexico Thursday and was expected to approach land by late Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The Category 2 hurricane, carrying winds of 110 mph, was about 225 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and 280 miles south of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico. The storm was tracking northeast at 9 mph at 2 p.m. PDT, hurricane center meteorologists in Miami said.
A hurricane warning was in effect from Manzanillo northwest to Cabo Corrientes while a tropical storm warning stretched from Punta San Telmo west to Manzanillo. A hurricane watch was in effect from Punta San Telmo west to Manzanillo and a tropical storm watch was in effect from Cabo Corrientes to San Blas.
Bud is expected to produce 4 to 6 inches of rain, with up to 10 inches possible in isolated areas.
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