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MIAMI (AP) -- 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 (177 kph). 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 (362 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving north-northeast near 9 mph (15 kph).


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