Tropical Storm Bonnie makes landfall in Central America; life-threatening mudslides expected
Flooding rains and mudslides are expected in Nicaragua and Costa Rica through the weekened.
Tropical Storm Bonnie made landfall late Friday evening near the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border bringing wind gusts over 50 mph and the chance for life-threatening mudslides.
As of Saturday morning the center of the tropical storm was moving westward at around 16 mph.
Bonnie is expected to emerge out over the Eastern Pacific on Saturday evening where it could reorganize and potentially turn into a hurricane next week.
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Due to the storm's tropical envelope, rain is expected to last for days over Central America and parts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica could pick up 4 to 8 inches of rain, with localized amounts up to 12 inches
Officials warn the heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding and mudslides in mountainous regions.
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Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for the island of San Andrés, Colombia, as well as from Limón, Costa Rica, northward to Sandy Bay Sirpi, Nicaragua.
On the Pacific coast of Central America, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica, northward to the border of Nicaragua and Honduras.
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Depending on exact track in the Eastern Pacific, the center of the tropical storm is expected to stay off the coast of Mexico but will likely close enough to produce rough seas and waves as it continues its trek westward.
If "Bonnie" maintains its center of circulation the storm will keep its name in the Eastern Pacific and not be renamed using the basin's naming list.
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Forecasters are also monitoring a tropical disturbance, dubbed Invest 96L, that's bringing heavy rain to coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina for the start of the Fourth of July weekend.
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