Tropical storm Bonnie strengthened into the first major hurricane of the eastern Pacific season on Tuesday, July 5th.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued advisories on the storm, which was located a couple of hundred miles south of southwestern Mexico.
It crossed over Central America from the Caribbean, dropping heavy rain and contributing to at least two deaths.
Forecasters said they expected the hurricane to pose no threat to land.
Hurricane Bonnie weakened on Wednesday, July 6th, after becoming the first major storm of the eastern Pacific season while off southern Mexico, though it wasn’t a threat to land.
Bonnie was moving farther away from Mexico’s Pacific coast four days after crossing Central America as a tropical storm from the Caribbean and dropping heavy rain, contributing to at least two dead
Bonnie caused heavy flooding in Nicaragua over the weekend after making landfall as a tropical storm, leading to casualties.
Nicaragua’s army said that 40-year-old Alberto Flores Landero died trying to cross the swollen Mati River in Siuna and that Juan Carlos Alemán, 38, died trying to help passengers from a bus that fell into the Ali Bethel River.
Maximum sustained winds were near 105 mph, with higher gusts.
The NHC said some fluctuations in strength are possible through Thursday, while a gradual weakening trend is expected to begin thereafter.
The agency also warned that a broad area of low pressure is expected to form south of Mexico’s southern coast toward the end of the week.
While the NHC noted that environmental conditions are conducive to the gradual development of the system as it moves generally west-northwestward, it has a near-zero chance of formation through the next two days and a 20% chance of formation over the course of the next five days.
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