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Pacific warned of intense rain, strong storms from Hurricane Bud

Tropical storm Bud is now Hurricane Bud, as the storm quickly strengthened from a Category 1 to a Category 3 within hours.

The State Unit for Civil Protection of Jalisco reported today that Bud has intensified to Category 3 and that surveillance will be maintained for the region.

Civil Protection added that at 6:00 a.m. Monday, Hurricane Bud was located 380 kilometers southwest of the municipality of Manzanillo in the state of Colima with sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour and gusts of 240 kilometers per hour.

They added that Hurricane Bud is moving northwest at 17 kilometers per hour and say that due to the passage of Bud, a surveillance zone from Manzanillo, Colima to the municipality of Cabo Corrientes in the state of Jalisco will be watched.

Servicio Meteorológico Nacional warns of strong thunderstorms in Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerero over the next several hours. They report that satellite images show dense cloudiness resulting in electrical activity in Nayarit (south), Jalisco (coast and south), Colima (center and coast), Michoacán (coast), Guerrero (west and coast) as well as rains of less intensity in Puebla and Oaxaca.

In addition, gusts of winds of 50 to 70 km/h and high waves of 3 to 4 meters from the Jalisco coast to Guerrero are expected.

Hurricane Bud is the second hurricane to hit the Pacific in a week, after the announcement of tropical depression Aletta strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane before dissipating.