MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – Hurricane Bonnie weakened on Wednesday after becoming the first strong hurricane of the Pacific season off the southern coast of Mexico, although it posed no threat to land.
Bonnie moved off the Mexican Pacific coast four days after crossing the Caribbean and Central America as a tropical storm, causing torrential rains and at least two deaths.
Forecasters expect the storm, which was upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane on Tuesday before weakening, will move further into the ocean. The United States National Hurricane Center reported that Bonnie caused a hurricane off the southwest coast of Mexico.
According to the Hurricane Center, Bonnie was packing maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (155 kph) on Wednesday morning. It was centered about 355 miles (570 kph) south-southeast of Cabo Corrientes, near Puerto Vallarta, and was moving to the west at 14 mph (22 kph).
The storm caused flooding after crossing Nicaragua over the weekend, reaching that country’s Caribbean coast at tropical storm strength on Friday afternoon.
The Nicaraguan Armed Forces said in a statement that two people died in separate incidents caused by the floods. Alberto Flores Landero, 40, died trying to cross the Mati River in Siuna in northeastern Nicaragua, and Juan Carlos Aleman, 38, died while trying to help passengers on a bus that crashed into the Ali Bethel River in the same area.