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Hurricane warning issued for Mexico as Bud gets stronger

    This image provided by NASA taken at 2 a.m. EDT Thursday May 24, 2012 shows Hurricane Bud. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Bud has formed off the southwestern coast of Mexico. The Miami-based agency said early Thursday the storm was packing sustained winds of 75 mph and was located in the Pacific Ocean about 385 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. (AP Photo/NASA)

MIAMI >> A hurricane warning has been issued for the coast of Mexico as Bud approaches land.

The warning was issued Thursday for Mexico’s Pacific coast from Manzanillo northwestward to Cabo Corrientes. A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning also remained in effect from Punto Telmo to Cabo Corrientes.

Bud’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 mph. 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 225 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving north-northeast near 9 mph 

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