Image: Hurricane Bud strengthens as it approaches Mexico
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TODAY   |  May 25, 2012

Mexico’s Pacific coast braces for hurricane

The first hurricane of the season is expected to make landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast Friday, and resort towns such as Puerto Vallarta are right in its path. TODAY’s Al Roker reports.

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>> mexico's pacific coast are bracing for hurricane bud, the first hurricane of the season, and there is some weather here in the states that could be impacting your memorial day weekend over the next day or so. al is upstairs. he's got track of all of this. good morning to you.

>> good morning, matt. that's right. we've got hurricane bud. it is now the earliest major hurricane to ever form in the eastern pacific . right now it's 130 miles southwest of manzanillo, mexico. it was a category 3 , now down to a category 2. it's moving north/northeast. it is going to come onshore sometime late tonight, early tomorrow morning with 75-mile-per-hour winds. just a minimal category 1 storm. and then maybe curve back out to sea. but it is going to bring a lot of rain with it. not so much wind. a lot of rain over mountainous areas causing flooding. now to the east coast and what could become tropical storm beryl . this is an area, 70% chance for tropical cyclone development, in the northwestern bahamas. moving northeast about 15 miles per hour. could strengthen over the weekend. whether it becomes a tropical system or not, dump a ton of rain, anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of rain from tampa, florida, all the way up into the cape. and eventually make its way further to the north. but we're going to watch this and continue. it's going to cause problems, though, for a lot of folks upwards of anywhere, about 10 million people affected by this system over the next 72 hours .

>> all right, al. we'll get the rest of your forecast