UPDATE 1-Storm Bonnie’s strengthening appears less likelY

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WASHINGTON, July 24 (BestGrowthStock) – Tropical Depression Bonnie
could degenerate into an area of low pressure and appeared less
likely to gain strength as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico,
the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday.

“We think that the system no longer has a threat of
becoming a tropical storm again,” said Lixion Avila, a senior
forecaster at the Miami-based hurricane center.

He said Bonnie, which was downgraded from a tropical storm
to a depression as it weakened on its trek across Florida into
the Gulf on Friday, could dissipate into a broad area of low
pressure if its sustained winds fall another 5 miles (8 km) per
hour or so later on Saturday morning.

The approach of the storm has hampered efforts by BP Plc
(BP.L: ) (BP.N: ) to permanently plug its leaking oil well in the
Gulf.

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(Reporting by Tom Brown, editing by Vicki Allen)

UPDATE 1-Storm Bonnie’s strengthening appears less likelY