Mexico City — Hurricane Bonnie was strengthened on Monday, moving almost parallel to Mexico’s Pacific coast, after crossing Central America from the Caribbean, causing heavy rains and killing two people.
Forecasters said they do not expect the hurricane (now a Category 2 storm) to pose a threat to landing as it is heading almost west toward the Pacific Ocean.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Bonnie’s maximum wind speed was 105 mph (165 km) at the end of Monday. It traveled west-northwest at 16 mph (26 km), centered 220 miles (355 km) south of Zihuatanejo, a resort town in Mexico.
The storm left a deluge after crossing Nicaragua on the weekend after landing as a tropical cyclone on the country’s Caribbean coast late Friday.
Nicaraguan troops said in a statement that two people were killed in separate flood-related incidents. 40-year-old Alberto Flores Landero died trying to cross the swollen Mati River in Siuna, northeastern Nicaragua, and Juan Carlos Aleman, 38, died trying to help passengers from a bus that fell on the Alibetel River in the same area. Said.
The Ministry of Family Affairs said it distributed mattresses to families evacuated by floods in Lama, west of Bluefields. Images of this area showed people navigating the street with water and boats to the rooftop.