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Date of Issue: July 26, 2010

Tropical Storm warnings expanded

The National Hurricane Center expanded its tropical storm warnings as Bonnie moved toward the Gulf of Mexico today.

At about 11 a.m. today, Bonnie was about 30 miles south-southwest of Miami and 130 miles southeast of Fort Myers with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, the Florida East Coast from Deerfield Beach south to the Florida Keys, the West Coast of Florida north from the keys to Englewood, and from Destin to Morgan City, La.

A tropical storm watch was in effect for the Florida East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to Jupiter Inlet.

NHC’s forecast for 48 hours predicted the center of Bonnie would move across the Southern Florida Peninsula and over the eastern Gulf of Mexico today and Saturday.

Bonnie is forecast to approach the northern Gulf Coast later Saturday.