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Tropical Storm Bud barrels towards Baja-California Peninsula after being downgraded from hurricane

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14/06/2018 Fiona Simpson

Tropical Storm Bud is barrelling towards the Baja-California peninsula’s popular tourist resorts.

The storm was downgraded from a category four hurricane off Mexico’s pacific coast but remains on course to batter the holiday hotspot on Thursday night (local time).

Gales of up to 50mph are set to batter the coast despite dropping from the staggering 130mph gusts measured over Tuesday, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

Forecasters said the storm would weaken further but would remain a tropical storm as it made landfall on the peninsula’s southern tip.

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Tropical Storm Bud is barreling towards the Baja-California Peninisula (US Hurricane Centre)

A second landfall is expected on the Mexican mainland on Friday after sweeping over the Gulf of California, experts added.

Bud’s predicted path would see it hit the resorts of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo which are visited by millions of people each year.

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Waves crash on the beach at San Jose delCabo in Mexico as Bud sweeps towards the coast (AP)

Mexican authorities issued a tropical storm warning for a stretch of the Baja coast from Santa Fe to La Paz, a stretch that includes the twin resort cities of Los Cabos.

The Baja California Sur state government said the ports of Los Cabos were closed to all craft from 12 noon on Wednesday (7pm GMT).

Classes were cancelled at schools in Los Cabos and La Paz on Thursday afternoon and Friday.

Late Wednesday, Bud was centred about 175 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas at the peninsula's southern tip and was moving north-northwest at about 7 mph.

The hurricane centre said the storm could cause dangerous surf for the next few days and could bring between one and three inches of rain to southern Baja California and Sonora state on the mainland.

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