Hurricane ‘Bonnie’ in Mexico, the first major storm of the season
tropical storm Bonnie, which intensified to a hurricane last Monday, marks the beginning of the hurricane season in Mexico. The Secretary of the Navy, Sumar, has informed this Tuesday of the closure of several ports in the Pacific. The storm moved from Central America, leaving behind major flooding and two fatalities, to the Mexican coast where it became a Category 2 hurricane.
On July 5 at 10:00 a.m. Bonnie it increased the speed of its winds and increased to a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Its extensive route caused intense punctual rains in areas of Guanajuato, Colima, Jalisco, Guerrero, and Michoacán, as well as strong gales and waves of 2 to 4 meters in height on the coasts of Guerrero, Jalisco, Colima, and Michoacán. During the night of Tuesday, and early Wednesday, the hurricane continues to move towards the coasts of Colima and Jalisco.
The Government of Mexico calls for extreme precautions and heed the warnings of the Civil Protection authorities
Rainfall has rapidly increased the level of rivers and streams, and has caused overflows and floods, for which the National Meteorological Service (SMN) urges the population to take into account its warnings and those of the National Water Commission (Conagua). , as well as the indications of the state, municipal and Civil Protection authorities. Maritime navigation is called to take extreme precautions due to strong winds and high waves.
Bonnie began to move further away from the Pacific coast of Mexico, three days after crossing Central America as a tropical storm from the Caribbean and dumping heavy rain, causing at least two deaths. Forecasters said they expected the hurricane to continue moving generally to the west, further out to sea.
During its passage through Central America, the storm caused heavy flooding as it crossed Nicaragua as a tropical storm on Friday night. In addition to the deaths, the storm caused serious damage and numerous injuries.
The two victims took place in unrelated accidents as a result of the floods, the Nicaraguan army said in a statement. Alberto Flores Landero, 40, died trying to cross the swollen Mati River in Siuna, in northeastern Nicaragua, and Juan Carlos Alemán, 38, died trying to help passengers from a bus that fell into the Ali Bethel River. in the same area. Some sources indicate that there could be more deaths in both Nicaragua and El Salvador.
The Nicaraguan Ministry of the Family distributed mattresses to families displaced by the floods in Rama, a town west of the city of Bluefields, where the water reaches the roofs of homes and many people have been forced to navigate the streets in boats.