Hurricane Bonnie weakens to Category 2 storm. NHC watching 3 tropical waves in Atlantic basin

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As the National Hurricane Center continued to keep an eye on Hurricane Bonnie in the Pacific, conditions remained quiet Wednesday in the Atlantic basin.

No tropical cyclones are forecast to develop over the next five days, although conditions can change rapidly.

The Hurricane Center is monitoring three tropical waves in the Atlantic basin, including two in the Caribbean.

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In the eastern Pacific, Bonnie became the season's first major hurricane when winds hit 115 mph Tuesday, making it a Category 3 storm. Bonnie lost some strength Tuesday night. Winds dropped to 100 mph, making it a Category 2 storm by early Wednesday morning.

Bonnie started life in the Atlantic basin, becoming Tropical Storm Bonnie in the western Caribbean before making landfall along the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border July 1 and then emerging later in the Pacific.

It was the first "crossover storm" since Hurricane Otto in November 2016, according to AccuWeather.

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Here's the latest update from the NHC as of 8 a.m. July 6:

What's out there and where are they?

Tropical wave 1: A tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic is located west of Cape Verde. It's moving to the west at about 13 mph.

Tropical wave 2: A tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean Sea is located east-northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It's moving to the west at 17 mph.

Tropical wave 3: A tropical wave in the western Caribbean has moved over Central America and southern Mexico.

Who is likely to be impacted?

Tropical conditions 6 a.m. July 6, 2022.
Tropical conditions 6 a.m. July 6, 2022.

The tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean is forecast to move across the rest of the eastern Caribbean tonight, and across the central Caribbean through Thursday night.

Winds and seas are expected to increase Thursday over the south-central Caribbean in the wake of this tropical wave. These winds are expected to diminish Saturday through through Sunday night.

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Forecasters urge all residents to continue monitoring the tropics and to always be prepared during what's expected to be an active hurricane season.

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The next five days

See the National Hurricane Center's five-day graphical tropical weather outlook below.

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What's out there?

Systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center.

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This article originally appeared on Naples Daily News: NHC: Tropical forecast calls for no tropical cyclones over next 5 days