ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Iota was strengthening within the Caribbean Sea on Saturday, threatening a second main hurricane strike for Nicaragua and Honduras, nations lately clobbered by a Class four Hurricane Eta.
The Nationwide Hurricane Middle in Miami mentioned Iota might carry harmful wind, storm surge and as a lot as 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rainfall to the 2 Central American nations, reaching their coasts as early as Monday.
On Saturday evening the storm was about 365 miles (590 kilometers) south of Kingston, Jamaica, and had most sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph). Iota was transferring to the west-southwest at 5 mph (7 kph) and is predicted to strengthen shortly into a serious hurricane because it approaches Central America.
The Caribbean island of Providencia and components of Nicaragua and Honduras had been beneath hurricane warnings.
Iota might wreak extra havoc in a area the place individuals are nonetheless grappling with the aftermath of Eta. That system hit Nicaragua final week as a Class four hurricane, killing at the very least 120 folks as torrential rains introduced flash floods and landslides to components of Central America and Mexico. Then it meandered throughout Cuba, the Florida Keys and across the Gulf of Mexico earlier than slogging ashore once more close to Cedar Key, Florida, and dashing throughout Florida and the Carolinas.
Iota is already a record-setting system, being the 30th named storm of this yr’s terribly busy Atlantic hurricane season. Such exercise has targeted consideration on local weather change, which scientists say is inflicting wetter, stronger and extra damaging storms.
Eta was the 28th named storm of this yr’s hurricane season, tying the 2005 report for named storms. Theta, the 29th, was weakening over the far japanese Atlantic Ocean. It was anticipated to change into a remnant low by Sunday morning, forecasters mentioned.
Frisaro reported from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.