The National Hurricane Center has issued its 5PM EST advisory which states Bonnie has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression but could return to its Tropical Storm status. According to the Weather Channel, the storm is not likely to become a hurricane. However, the channel states, "On Saturday, Bonnie is expected to move into the northern Gulf with a final landfall expected somewhere between southwestern Louisiana and the Alabama Coast Saturday night."
The storm is heading in the general direction of the BP oil spill site in the Gulf of Mexico.
From the National Hurriane Center
SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 485 MI...780 KM ESE OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
ABOUT 35 MI...55 KM S OF FT. MYERS FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...35 MPH...55 KM/HR
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 18 MPH...30 KM/HR
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1009 MB...29.80 INCHES
Part of the advisory summary:
DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 18 MPH...30
KM/HR. THIS GENERAL TRACK WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS
EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT TWO DAYS. BONNIE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE OVER
THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO TONIGHT AND SATURDAY AND REACH THE
NORTHERN GULF COAST LATE SATURDAY.
Disclaimer: This is not an official weather report. Contact your local
weather authorities for more detailed information.