Bonnie becomes a major hurricane off the Pacific coast of Mexico

Hurricane Bonnie has developed into a major storm off the southeastern coast of Mexico, the first of the season in the eastern Pacific, although it is not considered a threat to land

MEXICO — Hurricane Bonnie developed into a major storm off the coast of southern Mexico on Tuesday, the first of the season in the eastern Pacific, although it is not considered a threat to land.

Bonnie continued to move roughly parallel to Mexico’s Pacific coast after a weekend tropical storm swept across Central America from the Caribbean and dropped heavy rain, contributing to at least two fatalities.

Forecasters said they expected the hurricane, a Category 3 storm, to pose no threat to land as it tracked generally westward further into the Pacific. But the US National Hurricane Center said strong swells from Bonnie were hitting parts of Mexico’s southwest coast.

Bonnie had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km/h) late Tuesday afternoon, the hurricane center said. It was centered 340 miles (545 kilometers) south of Cabo Corrientes, near the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta, and was moving west at 15 mph (24 kph).

The storm caused heavy flooding as it moved through sodden Nicaragua after making landfall as a tropical storm on the country’s Caribbean coast on Friday evening.

Two people died in separate flood-related events, the Nicaraguan military said in a statement. He said Alberto Flores Landero, 40, died trying to cross the swollen Mati River in Siuna, northeast Nicaragua, and Juan Carlos Alemán, 38, died trying to help passengers. of a bus that fell into the Ali Bethel River in the same area.

The Ministry of Families said it had distributed mattresses to families displaced by the floods in Rama, west of Bluefields. Footage from the area showed water up to the rooftops and people navigating the streets in boats.

ABC News

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