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CARIBBEAN360 – Tropical Storm Bonnie became the second named tropical system of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season yesterday evening, posing no threat to the Caribbean. But hours later, it weakened to a depression.
The tropical depression made landfall in the southeastern US state of South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour as of this morning – five miles per hour less than when the National Hurricane Centre in Miami named it a storm in its 5 p.m. update.
It is expected to slowly weaken even further tomorrow, eventually degenerating to a remnant low.
Bonnie developed less than a week before the official June 1 start of the 2016 season. It followed another out-of-season system – Hurricane Alex – which formed in January in the northeastern Atlantic and moved through the Azores before weakening.
The season ends on November 30.
The forecast released last month by the climatology team at Colorado State University points to a total of 12 named storms, 5 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. That is very close to the long-term average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes.