at 200 am EDT...0600 UTC...the center of Tropical Storm Bonnie was
located near latitude 23.8 north...longitude 77.5 west. Bonnie is
moving toward the northwest near 16 mph...26 km/hr. A turn toward
the west-northwest is expected later today. On the forecast
track...the center of Bonnie is expected to pass near or over the
Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula later today...and
move into the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight and Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph...65 km/hr...with higher
gusts. Slow strengthening is possible during the next 48 hours.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles...75 km...
mainly to the northeast of the center. An automated observing site
on staniel cay in the Bahamas recently reported sustained tropical
storm force winds.
Estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb...29.74 inches.