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Tropical Storm Bud is slowly approaching the western Mexican state of Baja California Sur, bringing heavy rains to several parts of the country, the National Weather Service (SMN) reported Thursday.

In its 7:15 am report, the SMN said that Bud is located 170 kilometers (106 miles) south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas, in Baja California Sur, and is moving north-northwest at 11 kph (6.8 mph).

The storm is packing sustained winds of 75 kph (47 mph) with gusts of up to 95 kph (59 mph).

The SMN forecasts very heavy rainfall with intense isolated downpours in Baja California Sur, Sinaloa and Michoacan, as well as Sonora, Chihuahua, Durango, Nayarit, Jalisco and Guanajuato, with rain also expected in Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and Colima.

The SMN has recommended that the general public and maritime navigators use extreme caution in the region due to the rain, wind and storm surge and follow the recommendations issued by the National Civil Protection System.

The Mexican government on Wednesday activated emergency protocols given Bud's proximity to the coast.