Tropical Storm Bonnie becomes the third hurricane of the season off Mexico


July 3 (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Bonnie strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane off Mexico’s southwest coast on Sunday evening, packing maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) and stronger gusts, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Bonnie, the third hurricane of the 2022 northeast Pacific season, made landfall as a tropical storm on the Caribbean coast near the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border on Friday evening, bringing heavy rains to the area, before to cross the Pacific on Saturday. Read more

In El Salvador, authorities have confirmed one death due to torrential rains. Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said on Twitter that classes would be suspended across the country on Monday.

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The hurricane could reach Category 2 on Monday evening with winds of up to 110 miles per hour (177 km/h) as it moves parallel to the coast before moving away from Mexico on Wednesday, according to the weather service National of Mexico.

Ocean swells generated by Bonnie “are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the NHC said in an advisory.

Mexico’s weather service warned the hurricane could bring intense rain, mudslides, flooding, strong gusty winds and ocean waves up to 16 feet (5 meters) along the southern Pacific coast from the country.

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Reporting by Jackie Botts in Oaxaca and Noe Torres in Mexico City; Editing by Paul Simao and Bradley Perrett

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