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6am News Item on Hurricane Iota and Tropical Depression Theta
By Bahamas Department of Meteorology
Nov 15, 2020 - 6:35:03 AM

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NEWS ITEM

NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION THETA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION AT 6AM, SUNDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2020.

...THETA EXPECTED TO BECOME POST-TROPICAL LATER TODAY...

AT 4 AM EST, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION THETA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.8° NORTH AND LONGITUDE 18.3° WEST, OR ABOUT 650 MILES SOUTHEAST OF THE AZORES.

THETA IS MOVING TOWARD THE EAST NEAR 3 MPH, A CONTINUED SLOW EASTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED TODAY, FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHEAST WITH AN INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED ON MONDAY.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. GRADUAL WEAKENING IS ANTICIPATED, AND THETA IS FORECAST TO BECOME A REMNANT LOW LATER TODAY AND COULD DISSIPATE IN A FEW DAYS.

THE NEXT NEWS ITEM WILL BE ISSUED AT 12PM.

PREPARED BY DUTY FORECASTER: S. SEARS
ISSUED: 15/11/2020 @ 5:55 AM

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NEWS ITEM

NEWS ITEM ON HURRICANE IOTA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION AT 6 AM, SUNDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2020.

...IOTA EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO RAPIDLY STRENGTHEN INTO A MAJOR HURRICANE BEFORE IT REACHES CENTRAL AMERICA...

AT 4 AM EST, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IOTA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 13.1° NORTH AND LONGITUDE 77.3° WEST, OR ABOUT 275 MILES EAST OF ISLA DE PROVIDENCIA COLOMBIA OR ABOUT 415 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF CABO GRACIAS A DIOS ON NIC/HON BORDER.

IOTA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 6 MPH. A WESTWARD TO WEST-NORTHWESTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS UNTIL LANDFALL OCCURS IN CENTRAL AMERICA. ON THE FORECAST TRACK, IOTA WILL MOVE ACROSS THE SOUTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA TODAY, PASS NEAR OR OVER PROVIDENCIA ISLAND ON MONDAY, AND APPROACH THE COASTS OF NICARAGUA AND NORTHEASTERN HONDURAS MONDAY NIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 80 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. RAPID STRENGTHENING IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO, AND IOTA IS FORECAST TO BE A MAJOR HURRICANE WHEN IT APPROACHES CENTRAL AMERICA.

THE NEXT NEWS ITEM WILL BE ISSUED AT 12PM.

PREPARED BY DUTY FORECASTER: S. SEARS
ISSUED: 15/11/2020 @ 5:50 AM

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