Bud strengthened into a major hurricane in the Pacific Ocean and is expected to cause flooding when it reaches the southwest Mexican coast today, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The storm’s top winds have increased to 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour, making it a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, the center said in an advisory released shortly before 11 p.m. New York time yesterday. It was a Category 2 storm earlier, according to an 8 p.m. advisory.
Bud was 170 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and was moving north-northeast at 10 mph toward land. It is expected to move inland along the coast later today, bringing rain and a storm surge producing “significant coastal flooding” to the east of where it makes landfall, the center said.
A hurricane warning was in effect from Manzanillo northwest to Cabo Corrientes, and a tropical storm warning and hurricane watch were issued for Punta San Telmo to the east of Manzanillo, the advisory showed.
Manzanillo’s port is known for container and rail facilities, as well as being a destination for cruise ships, according to the Manzanillo Sun website.
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