Bud flexed its muscles as it closed on the southwestern coast of Mexico late Thursday, becoming a major hurricane with winds of 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
The Category 3 storm was about 170 miles (270 km) southwest of Manzanillo and about 230 miles (370 km) south of Cabo Corrientes at 8 p.m. (11 p.m. ET) It was moving north-northeast at a rate of about 10 mph.
"Some fluctuations in strength are possible tonight and Friday morning before gradual weakening begins by Friday afternoon," the hurricane center said. "However, Bud is still expected to reach the coast of Mexico as a hurricane" late Friday.
A hurricane warning has been issued for Manzanillo northwest to Cabo Corrientes, where winds are expected to exceed 39 mph within the next 36 hours and eventually top 74 mph.FULL STORY