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TROPICS: Tropical Storm Bonnie heading into Central America; no threats to the First Coast

Even with several areas to watch across the tropics, there are no threats to the First Coast at this time.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — GOOD NEWS: There are no threats to the First Coast at this time. Yet, at this time, we are watching several areas in the tropics as we kick off the month of July.

Tropical Storm Bonnie will hit Nicaragua and Costa Rica over the next 24 hours. The National Hurricane Center issued a special statement stating data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicated the disturbance (Potential Tropical Cyclone Two) has become a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph as of 9:15 a.m. The storm was nearing the coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica. 

The little low that passed east of us last night is now along the Carolina Coast and heading away from us.

The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30 and the National Hurricane Center provides updates several times a day. You can be sure to get those updates right here, or on-air with your First Coast News Weather Team.

SEASONAL OUTLOOK: NOAA's 2022 outlook calls for 14-21 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-6 major hurricanes in total.

Last year, NOAA released the new seasonal averages for the Atlantic basin. According to the 30-year data from 1991 to 2020, the new averages include 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. The previous Atlantic storm averages, based on the period from 1981 to 2010, were 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. The averages from 1951-1980, were 11 named storms, 5 hurricanes, and 1 major.

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If you didn't get a chance to catch our hurricane special, you can watch it in its entirety right here.

Tim Deegan, Chief Meteorologist at First Coast News, has been preparing the First Coast for hurricanes for over 40 years. 

First Coast News Meteorologist Lauren Rautenkranz sits down with Deegan in a special broadcast event, Hurricane Ready 2022: 40 Years of Forecastingto pick his brain about severe weather events and to discuss the upcoming Hurricane season.

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Hurricane safety and preparedness are critically important even before the season begins on June 1. NOAA’s National Weather Service provides resources to prepare for hurricane hazards and real-time updates about active weather systems from the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov

The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30.

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