Hurricane Bonnie steams westward off Mexico's Pacific coast

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A boat arrives in Bluefields Bay after Tropical Storm Bonnie hit the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, Saturday, July 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Inti Ocon)

MEXICO CITY – Hurricane Bonnie strengthened while moving roughly parallel to Mexico’s Pacific coast Monday, after crossing over Central America from the Caribbean and dropping heavy rain and contributing to two deaths.

Forecasters said they expected the hurricane, now a Category 2 storm, to pose no threat to land as it headed generally westward farther into the Pacific.

Bonnie had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph) late Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was centered 220 miles (355 kilometers) south of the Mexican resort town of Zihuatanejo and moving west-northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

The storm left heavy flooding after crossing sodden Nicaragua over the weekend after making landfall as a tropical storm on the country's Caribbean coast late Friday.

Two people were killed in separate events related to flooding, Nicaragua's army said in a statement. It said 40-year-old Alberto Flores Landero died trying to cross the swollen Mati river in Siuna in Nicaragua's northeast and Juan Carlos Alemán, 38, died trying to help passengers from a bus that fell into the Ali Bethel river in the same area.

The Family Ministry said it had distributed mattresses to families displaced by flooding in Rama, west of Bluefields. Images from the area showed water up to rooflines and people navigating streets in boats.