Bonnie really really wants to be something special. She started out as a wave earlier in the week, and upgraded herself to tropical depression today. Her dream job? Full-blown storm. Forecasters don't think she'll get there, but there's still a chance, and it would happen soon, as the wind and rain leave Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas on a track for Sarasota on Florida's west coast.
Perhaps more concerning than her status is the fact that she's headed straight toward the oil spill, causing the same concerns from Hurricane Alex to resurface once again. Among those is the fear that the wind and waves will force oil skimming boats to cease work and spread the existing spill even farther and wider.
Fingers crossed, it probably won't happen. So far, the depression has caused only flooding and heavy rains in the Caribbean and spots farther south. A weather plane is currently en route to determine if Bonnie has officially become a storm. By early Thursday afternoon, weather experts said the depression had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, with stronger gusts, and was centered about 250 miles southeast of the Bahamian capital of Nassau, reports The Huffington Post. She could become Tropical Storm Bonnie by later today and reach the Gulf of Mexico by Saturday.
The system is expected to bring heavy winds and rains to the Florida Keys in the next few days, but emergency officials said they were not planning any mandatory evacuations since they are not expecting any major storm surge.