-- Authorities warned people along Mexico's southwestern coast to get ready for Hurricane Bud, a pounding storm expected to smack land Friday night.
The hurricane, now a Category 2 storm with nearly 110-mph winds, could drench the Mexican states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero and Guanajuanto, the Mexican news agency Notimex, reported. "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion," the National Hurricane Center said. "Although some weakening is forecast today, Bud is still expected to reach the coast of Mexico as a hurricane."
Bud, the second named tropical storm of the East Pacific hurricane season, was 105 miles (about 170 km) southwest of Manzanillo and 165 miles (about 270 km) south of Cabo Corrientes, an 8 a.m. ET hurricane center advisory said. It was moving north-northeast at about 8 mph.
A hurricane warning has been issued for Manzanillo northwest to Cabo Corrientes. There are hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings in effect for larger swaths of the country, including San Blas and Punta San Telmo, the hurricane center said.
The National Hurricane Center warned that Bud is expected to bring 6 to 10 inches of rain along Mexico's southwestern coast, with possible isolated amounts of 15 inches.
"These rainfall amounts could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," according to the U.S. agency