Hurricane Bonnie in Mexico: path and affected states

Latest updates about the path and impact of hurricane Bonnie. Here, are the affected states and the updates issued by the Civil Protection authorities.

Hurricane Bonnie in Mexico: path and affected states
Hurricane Bonnie rises to category 2 in the Pacific, far from Mexican shores. Image: CONAGUA Clima

Cyclone Bonnie rose in the last hours to a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale in the Pacific Ocean and is still far from the Mexican coasts, informed Monday the National Meteorological Service (SMN).

In a statement, the institution indicated that, at four o'clock in the afternoon, Bonnie is located approximately 335 km south of Acapulco, Guerrero, and 485 kilometers (km) southeast of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán.

The hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour, gusts of 195 kilometers per hour, and travels westward at a speed of 28 kilometers per hour, the SMN said.

The cyclone, which first made landfall on the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica last Friday, is moving parallel to Mexico's Pacific coast and is not expected to make landfall in the country.

However, the agency specified that the phenomenon will cause "heavy rains" of 75 to 150 millimeters in Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Oaxaca and Veracruz. In addition to "very heavy" in Puebla and "heavy" in Mexico City, State of Mexico, Morelos, and Tabasco.

Bonnie will also cause wind gusts of 70 to 90 kilometers per hour and waves of 3 to 5 meters high on the coasts of Guerrero, Michoacán, and Oaxaca.

Precipitation could generate landslides, an increase in river and stream levels, overflows and flooding in low-lying areas, so the population is urged to heed the warnings of the National Meteorological Service, the National Water Commission, and follow the instructions of state and municipal Civil Protection authorities, said the SMN.

For this reason, the agency asked maritime navigation in the vicinity of the system to "take extreme precautions due to strong winds and high waves".

Bonnie arrives after Celia and Blas, both unaffected, and Hurricane Agatha, the first cyclone of the 2022 Pacific season, which hit on May 30 as a category 2 hurricane off the coast of the state of Oaxaca, one of the poorest areas of the country, where it left nine dead and several missing.

In mid-May, Mexican authorities reported that they foresee the formation of up to 40 named cyclones by 2022, which they described as an "active season", and predicted that, of the total number of tropical cyclones generated in both the Atlantic and Pacific, at least five will impact the country.

Sources: National Meteorological Service, National Water Commission