Tropical Storm Bonnie
Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Travel Alert July 2022: Tropical Storm Bonnie Finally Forms As It Heads to Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Its name should not change as it crosses over into the Pacific basin.

If Costa Rica and Nicaragua are in your travel plans over the next couple of days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to Tropical Storm Bonnie, whose landfall will likely occur somewhere near the border which Costa Rica shares with Nicaragua as soon as during this evening, Friday, July 1, 2022 into tomorrow before moving west towards the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Travel Alert July 2022: Tropical Storm Bonnie Finally Forms As It Heads to Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Tropical Storm Bonnie
Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this tropical storm system — which is currently centered approximately 80 miles south southeast of Bluefields in Nicaragua and is moving west at 17 miles per hour — are 45 miles per hour.

What is unusual about this tropical system is that it is passed to the south of Aruba, which rarely happens, as Aruba and surrounding islands and areas are rarely affected by tropical cyclones.

Tropical Storm Bonnie is not forecast to be officially classified as a hurricane while it is in the Atlantic basin; but it is expected to strengthen before landfall in extreme northeastern Costa Rica near its border with Nicaragua; and eventually become a hurricane as soon as Sunday evening, July 3, 2022 — and if that happens, it will occur over open waters and only threaten shipping lanes in the Pacific Ocean.

The name of this tropical cyclone may remain as Bonnie instead of being changed to Darby, as the names for storms which are assigned to the Pacific basin are different than the names for storms which are assigned to the Atlantic basin. According to this Wikipedia article pertaining to what are apparently known as Atlantic–Pacific crossover hurricanes — and at least 19 of them have reportedly existed since 1842 — prior to the year 2000, “storms were renamed after crossing from the Gulf of Mexico into the Eastern Pacific. At the 22nd hurricane committee in 2000 it was decided that tropical cyclones that moved from the Atlantic to the Eastern Pacific basin and vice versa would no longer be renamed. Hurricane Otto in 2016 was the first storm to cross from one basin to another to apply under this rule.”

Tropical Storm Bonnie will be the first Atlantic-Pacific crossover tropical cyclone since that decision was supposedly reached — and therefore should not have its name changed.

Up to twelve inches of rain could fall in portions of southern Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica, with strong winds and a storm surge of as much as three feet along the coast.

Official Warnings and Watches

The following official warnings were issued by the National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States:

  • A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for:
    • San Andres in Colombia
    • Limon in Costa Rica northward to Sandy Bay Sirpi in Nicaragua
    • Cabo Blanco in Costa Rica northward to the border which Nicaragua and Honduras share

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within Costa Rica and Nicaragua over the next couple of days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for six airports in six countries and territories for Thursday, June 30, 2022 through Monday, July 4, 2022; and Friday, July 8, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Liberia (Guanacaste) and San José in Costa Rica for Friday, July 1, 2022 through Saturday, July 2, 2022; and Saturday, July 16, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Aruba for Wednesday, June 29, 2022 through Thursday, June 30, 2022; and Thursday, July 13, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued a travel alert for San José for Friday, July 1, 2022 through Saturday, July 2, 2022.

Final Boarding Call

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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