Tropical Storm Iota Forms In Caribbean — Central America At Risk Again

by Caribbean Lifestyle Editorial Team


  • Tropical Storm Iota has formed in the Caribbean.
  • Iota is the Atlantic’s 30th named storm of the season.
  • TS Iota poses another serious wind and flood threat to Central America.
  • A major hurricane in this area would be a rare occurrence for the Caribbean so late in the season.
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Source: National Weather Service. Note: Impact lines represent the earliest reasonable arrival time of tropical storm winds. All times are Eastern.

Tropical Storm Iota forms in the Caribbean and is expected to become a hurricane as it approaches Central America. As of 4 p.m. EST, the National Hurricane Center said that Tropical Depression Thirty-One had strengthened into Tropical Storm Iota. At time of writing, Iota is about 335 miles south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and is slowly moving to the west-southwest at 3 MPH. Meanwhile, winds are currently at 40 MPH.

The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center says that steady to rapid strengthening is forecast, which means Iota is expected to be a major hurricane as it approaches Central America. Iota could make a run at Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize, Guatemala, or the Yucatán Peninsula during the early to middle of next week. By then, it will likely be a powerful hurricane. The Hurricane Center’s forecast states simply: “The system could be near major hurricane strength when it approaches Central America.” Nonetheless, a major hurricane in this location would be a rare occurrence for the Caribbean so late in the season.

Region Reels From Deadly Impacts of Hurricane Eta

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People walk through a flooded street during the passage of Storm Eta, in La Lima, Honduras November 5, 2020. Photo by REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

The development of a new storm in the Caribbean is particularly concerning, given Eta’s disastrous and deadly flooding that stretched across Honduras and Guatemala. Nicaragua bore the brunt of the storm’s disastrous Category 4 impact, and the current forecast for the expected powerhouse Hurricane Iota places this storm on a similar track. Although Belize reported no loss of life, thousands are displaced after 10-20 inches of rain. Belize has since issued its first storm Advisory.

Header photo shows the German Icon model of a serious hurricane, Iota, in the western Caribbean by Monday. (WeatherBell). Source: and the National Hurricane Center.

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