Tropical Storm Bonnie moves onto Central America
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - After trekking across the western Atlantic as Potential Tropical Cyclone Two, Hurricane Hunters have found the tropical disturbance now over the Caribbean Sea has developed the well-defined center of circulation needed to become Tropical Storm Bonnie.
Bonnie is officially the second named storm of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, following the formation of Tropical Storm Alex in the western Atlantic back in early June.
Friday Evening Update NHC Update:
The latest details regarding Tropical Storm Bonnie can be found below:
|Location||Maximum Sustained Winds||Movement||Minimum Central Pressure|
|~ 75 miles S of Bluefields Nicaragua||50 mph||W at 16 mph||997 mb|
Tropical Storm Bonnie has continued to strengthen before it makes landfall in Central American tonight. We’ve seen a decrease in pressure and increase in sustained wind strength since it was named earlier this morning.
Alongside the tropical storm force winds, the system is expected to bring life-threatening flash floods and mudslides to the countries of Nicaragua and Costa Rica on Saturday. It is important to note that this storm is not a threat to the Brazos Valley. The storm will cross over Central America and enter the Pacific Ocean.
If the storm loses its tropical storm status while making the jump over Central America, and then redevelops after it is over warmer waters again, it will lose the name “Bonnie” and gain a name for the Pacific Basin (”Darby”).
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center note that the system will continue tracking westward across the southwestern Caribbean Sea Friday, cross over southern Nicaragua or northern Costa Rica Friday night, and then emerge into the eastern Pacific on Saturday. Bonnie is expected to strengthen before making landfall Friday night, but will slightly weaken as the storm moves over land. Still, forecasters say that Bonnie is slated to re-strengthen after moving over the Pacific waters. This system is not a threat to the United States or the Brazos Valley.
The next name up for grabs on the official list of storm names for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season is Colin.
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