Tropical Storm Bonnie makes landfall in Central America

Expected to become a hurricane over the Pacific

ORLANDO, Fla. – Tropical Storm Bonnie made landfall late Friday along the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border as 50 mph tropical storm.

As of 2 p.m. Saturday, the center of Bonnie is about 110 miles southwest of Managua, Nicaragua, and is moving west at 15 mph. Maximum sustained winds are at 40 mph.

Bonnie is forecast to strengthen again after it moves over the Pacific Ocean Saturday afternoon, likely becoming a hurricane by early next week.

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Because Bonnie is expected to remain a tropical storm over Central America, it will retain its Atlantic name, even once it enters the Pacific Ocean. Therefore there will be two “B” storms for the 2022 season when all is said and done in the Pacific basin. Hurricane Blas formed earlier this season in the Pacific basin.

If the storm became a remnant low over land, it would have received the next name on the Pacific list upon re-development.

The last storm to move from the Atlantic Basin into the Pacific and keep its Atlantic name was Otto in 2016.

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Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.