FIRST ALERT: Iota continues to weaken, another chance of development increasing
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Iota continues to weaken after making landfall last night as a powerful category four hurricane in Nicaragua. Iota made landfall just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall just two weeks ago.
At 10 AM, the center of Hurricane Iota was located near latitude 13.7 North, longitude 85.2 West. Iota is moving toward the west near 12 mph. The hurricane will move farther inland across northern Nicaragua today, and move across southern Honduras tonight before dissipating near El Salvador early Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75 mph with higher gusts.
Iota should weaken to a tropical storm this afternoon, a tropical depression this evening, and degenerate into a remnant low pressure area on Wednesday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. The estimated minimum central pressure is 980 mb.
As Iota weakens, our attention slowly turns to another chance of development. That chance is from a broad area of low pressure that could form in a couple of days over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for slow development, and a tropical depression could form by the weekend while the system moves slowly westward or west-southwestward across the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Regardless of development, areas of heavy rain are possible during the next several days from Nicaragua southward across Central America and into Colombia. These rains could cause new flooding concerns, especially across previously inundated areas. The chance of development is at 40% over the next five days.
The next storm name for the 2020 season would be Kappa.
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