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Advisories on Iota, updated intra-day
By: Zona Sur/NOAA
Updated: 1200 PM CST Tue Nov 17 2020 This news report is courtesy of the National Hurricane Center NHC of the NOAA. We get updates throughout the days and will reflect back to you. This report has a specific focus on the Southern Zone of Central America. We broadcast and report from the Zona Sur of Costa Rica.
Tropical Storm Iota Intermediate Advisory Number 17A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL312020
...POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC FLASH FLOODING AND MUDSLIDES ACROSS
PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AMERICA POSSIBLE FROM IOTA THROUGH THURSDAY...
SUMMARY OF 1200 PM CST...1800 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 105 MI...160 KM E OF TEGUCIGALPA HONDURAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...65 MPH...105 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 270 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...988 MB...29.18 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Bluefields Nicaragua to the Guatemala/Honduras border
* Bay Islands
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.
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.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 1200 PM CST (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Iota was
located near latitude 13.7 North, longitude 85.7 West. Iota is
moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h). The storm will move
farther inland across northern Nicaragua today, and move across
southern Honduras tonight before dissipating near El Salvador early
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 65 mph (105 km/h)
with higher gusts. Iota should weaken to a tropical depression this
evening, and degenerate into a remnant low pressure area on
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 988 mb (29.18 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
Key messages for Iota can be found in the Tropical Cyclone
Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT1, WMO header WTNT41 KNHC
and on the web at www.hurricanes.gov/text/MIATCDAT1.shtml.
WIND: Strong winds are occuring near the center of Iota and
these winds will spread farther inland across northern Nicaragua
and southern Honduras during the next several hours. Tropical
storm conditions are also occurring in the Tropical Storm Warning
areas along the coast in Nicaragua and Honduras.
RAINFALL: Iota is expected to produce the following rainfall
accumulations through Thursday:
Honduras, northern Nicaragua, southeast and central Guatemala and
southern Belize: 10 to 20 inches (250 to 500 mm), with isolated
maximum totals of 30 inches (750 mm).
El Salvador and Panama: 4 to 8 inches (100 to 200 mm), with isolated
maximum totals of 12 inches (300 mm).
This rainfall will lead to significant, life-threatening flash
flooding and river flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher
Southern Nicaragua and Costa Rica: 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125 mm),
with isolated maximum totals of 10 inches (250 mm).
SURF: Swells generated by Iota will affect much of the coast of
Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula during the next day or so.
These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip
current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather
Next complete advisory at 300 PM CST.