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5am News Item on Hurricane Iota
By Bahamas Department of Meteorology
Nov 17, 2020 - 6:46:04 AM

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NEWS ITEM

NEWS ITEMS ON HURRICANE IOTA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 5:00 AM EST, TUESDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2020.

...IOTA RAPIDLY WEAKENING OVER NORTHEASTERN NICARAGUA...

...LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE, CATASTROPHIC WINDS, FLASH FLOODING, AND LANDSLIDES EXPECTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AMERICA...

AT 4:00 AM EST, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IOTA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 13.7 ┬░NORTH AND LONGITUDE 84.3 ┬░ WESTOR ABOUT 10 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF EL PIA NICARAGUA.

IOTA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 9 MILES PER HOUR.   ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CORE OF IOTA WILL MOVE FURTHER INLAND ACROSS NORTHERN NICARAGUA TODAY AND MOVE ACROSS SOUTHERN HONDURAS TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 105 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  IOTAIS NOW A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE.  ADDITIONAL RAPID WEAKENING IS EXPECTED TODAY INTO WEDNESDAY, AND IOTA IS FORECAST TO DISSIPATE OVER CENTRAL AMERICA BY TONIGHT.

THE NEXT NEWS ITEM WILL BE ISSUED AT 11:00 AM.

 

PREPARED BY DUTY FORECASTER: IAN V. MCKENZIE
ISSUED: 17/11/2020@ 4:42 AM

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