Tropics watch: Tropical weather update for Tuesday, Nov. 17
The National Hurricane Center is tracking Iota after making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Monday night along the coast of northeastern Nicaragua.
Here's the latest update from the NHC as of 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.
What's out there and where is it?
Tropical Storm Iota is weakening rapidly as its center moves over southern Honduras Tuesday night. Iota, with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 185 miles, is expected to dissipate near El Salvador early Wednesday.
Iota should weaken to a tropical depression tonight and degenerate into a remnant low pressure area on Wednesday.
Iota is expected to produce the following rainfall accumulations through Thursday, and the rainfall will lead to significant, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher terrain:
- 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).
- Southern Nicaragua and Costa Rica: 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125 mm), with isolated maximum totals of 10 inches (250 mm).
Details on Tropical Storm Iota
- Location: about 25 miles south-southwest of Tegucigalpa, Honduras (was 35 miles southeast)
- Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph (was 50 mph)
- Present movement: west at 12 mph (unchanged since )
Who is likely to be impacted?
Iota is forecast to move across southern Honduras tonight before dissipating near El Salvador early Wednesday. Florida is not expected to feel the impact from Iota. Forecasters advise all residents to stay informed and be prepared during this very active hurricane season.
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