MEXICO CITY -- Hurricane Bonnie strengthened to a hurricane off the coast south of Mexico on Tuesday. It is the first season's eastern Pacific storm of the season, but it isn’t considered a threat to land.
After making as a tropical hurricane a weekend crossing of Central America via the Caribbean, Bonnie continued to move roughly parallel with Mexico's Pacific Coast. She also dropped heavy rains that caused at least two deaths.
Forecasters predicted that the Category 3 hurricane would not pose a threat to land, as it moved westward into the Pacific. However, the U.S. National Hurricane Center stated that large swells from Bonnie were affecting parts of Mexico's southwestern coastline.
The hurricane center reported that Bonnie sustained maximum winds of 115 mph (185 km/h) on Tuesday afternoon. It was located 340 miles (545 km) south of Cabo corrientes, Mexico's resort town of Puerto Vallarta.
After making landfall on Friday night as a tropical storm, the storm caused severe flooding in Nicaragua.
In a statement, Nicaragua's army stated that two people were killed in flooding-related events. According to the army, Alberto Flores Landero, 40, died crossing the Mati River in Siuna, Nicaragua's northeast. Juan Carlos Aleman, 38 died helping passengers aboard a bus that had fallen into the Ali Bethel River in the same area.
According to the Family Ministry, it distributed mattresses for families affected by flooding in Rama (west of Bluefields). Images of the affected area show water rising to rooflines, and people using boats to navigate streets.