Tropical storm Bonnie is currently moving northwest at 14 mph towards the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to pass the southern tip of Florida on Friday.
Meteorologists are predicting that tropical storm Bonnie will bring heavy wind and rains to the Florida keys on Friday and will hit between New Orleans and the Beaumont-Port Arthur area in southeastern Texas on Sunday. The tropical storm could pick up speed as it travels over the Gulf of Mexico in the next 48 hours, but it is not expected to reach hurricane status.
With this storm moving across the Gulf of Mexico towards the states, many are concerned about oil from the April BP spill getting pushed to shore.
Tropical storm Bonnie has caused BP to suspend work on the permanent repairs to the oil well, which will delay operations 10-14 days.
The weather system, that was upgraded to a tropical storm at 6:15 p.m. EST, has already hit the Bahamas, causing flooding in Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Approximately 1500 people were evacuated in the Dominican Republic, where rice fields were destroyed and 14 communities left isolated after bridges collapsed. It is reported that a 14-year-old boy died in Puerto Rico on Sunday after drowning in a swollen river.
Forecasters are saying this year’s hurricane season could be the worst since 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma caused devastating and costly damage in the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical storm Bonnie is the second named storm in the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane season, with hurricane Alex being the first. Hurricane Alex hit the Texas-Mexico border on April 1 as it made landfall as a Category 2 storm, spawning tornadoes and flooding towns.