Tropics

Iota heading straight for Nicaragua

Last Updated 1 week ago by Devontae Jackson.

Image courtesy of COD Nexlab,

Here is a look at hurricane Iota in the Caribbean Sea tonight. Iota is a cat 2 hurricane this evening with sustained winds of 105 mph. The storm is moving W at 10 MPH and pressure is down to 960 MB.

Image courtesy of earth.nullschool.net

Here is a look at the surface winds in Iota this evening as the storm continues to move off to the west.

Image courtesy of the NHC.

The NHC says, “CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…

  • Providencia
  • The coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras/Nicaragua border to
    Sandy Bay Sirpi
  • The coast of northeastern Honduras from Punta Patuca to the
    Honduras/Nicaragua border

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…

  • San Andres

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…

  • San Andres
  • The coast of Nicaragua from south of Sandy Bay Sirpi to Bluefields
  • The northern coast of Honduras from west of Punta Patuca to Punta
    Castilla

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life
and property should be rushed to completion.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

Interests elsewhere in Nicaragua and Honduras should monitor the
progress of Iota.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.”

The storm will continue to move west becoming a major hurricane and even a cat 4 as the storm makes landfall. Catastrophic winds, heavy rain, flooding, and dangerous storm surge is all possible. Those in these areas should listen to local officials and evacuate when told to do so.

Parts of Honduras will also feel this storm and even parts of El Salvador. All of those areas should watch for dangerous flooding. Tropical storm force winds should begin arriving by Monday morning in Nicaragua. This storm will likely cause power outages and damage to well built structures. It is also important to know that many are still recovering from Eta just last week and this storm will likely add to the damage done by that storm. People should find substantial shelter to ride out this storm and once the storm moves onto land to not venture out until it is safe to do so.

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