Tropical Storm Iota forms in the Caribbean and is expected to become a hurricane as it approaches Central America

Tracking the Tropics

MIAMI (AP/WNCN) — Tropical Storm Iota forms in the Caribbean and is expected to become a hurricane as it approaches Central America.

As of 4 p.m. EST, the National Hurricane Center said that Tropical Depression Thirty-One had strengthened into Tropical Storm Iota.

Iota is about 335 miles south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and is slowly moving to the west-southwest at 3 MPH. Winds are at 40 MPH.

Tropical Storm Iota is forecast to move across the central Caribbean Sea over the next day or so, then then approach the coasts of Nicaragua and northeastern Honduras late Sunday and into Monday.

The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center says that steady to rapid strengthening is forecast, which means Iota is expected to be a major hurricane as it approaches Central America.

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