Hurricane Bud forms off Mexico's Pacific coast: NHC

MEXICO CITY Thu May 24, 2012 9:14am EDT

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Bud formed off Mexico's Pacific coast early on Thursday, and could threaten parts of southwestern Mexico with heavy rainfall and flooding on Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The first hurricane off the Pacific coast this season, Bud is located about 315 miles southwest of the major port of Manzanillo, and is moving north-northeast at around 7 mph, the Miami-based center said on Thursday.

Bud, a Category 1 hurricane, is producing maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and stronger gusts, but should start to weaken by Friday, the center said.

A spokesman for the center said Bud may not make landfall but could still generate hurricane force winds off southwestern Mexico by late on Friday. The hurricane could soak the states of Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco and southern Nayarit with around 4 to 6 inches of rain, the center added.

Mexico's government has begun a hurricane watch along the coast from Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes, the NHC said.

Mexico has no major oil installations on the Pacific coast.

(Reporting by Dave Graham; editing by Doina Chiacu)

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