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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Bud was strengthening off Mexico's Pacific coast on Thursday, threatening to hit land on Friday near the shipping port of Manzanillo, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The first hurricane off the Pacific coast this season, Bud is now a Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, but could grow into a major hurricane later on Thursday. A major hurricane is a Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale.

Mexico has no major oil installations on the Pacific coast in the storm's path.

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