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Hurricane Bud now a Category 2 storm in Pacific

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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)
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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 (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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