Tracking the Tropics: Iota likely to become a Major Hurricane

July 04 2021 12:00 am

10:00 PM UPDATE: As of today, a cluster of thunderstorms became organized and emerged as our 30th named storm of 2020, Iota. Tropical Storm Iota will likely become a hurricane this weekend with strengthening from a Category 1 storm Sunday to a Category 3 by Monday morning. Iota could be a major hurricane at landfall in central America. It is taking aim at Nicaragua and Honduras.

Right now, winds are sustained near 40 mph with higher gusts. Steady to rapid strengthening likely to begin tomorrow.

Iota will not be a threat to the lower 48. Unlike Eta, Iota will move inland and dissipate. There is no threat of Iota moving back out into the Western Caribbean.

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