Tropical depression forms in the Caribbean Sea


A tropical depression has formed in the Caribbean Sea.

Forecasters say it is expected to strengthen and become record-breaking Hurricane Iota before hitting Central America, which was just devastated by Hurricane Eta.

Tropical depression 31 is expected to bring up to 30 inches of rain to parts of Honduras and Nicaragua.

At 1000 AM EST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression
Thirty-One was located near latitude 14.2 North, longitude 74.3
West. The depression is moving toward the west-southwest near 7 mph
(11 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue through early
Saturday.  A westward to west-northwestward motion at a slightly
faster forward speed is expected to begin by late Saturday and
continue through early Monday. On the forecast track, the system
will move across the central Caribbean Sea during the next day or
so, and approach the coasts of Nicaragua and northeastern Honduras
late Sunday and Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.
The depression is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm
later today or tonight.  Additional strengthening is likely over
the weekend, and the system could be near major hurricane strength
when it approaches Central America.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches)

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  1. Is it too early to advise the residents of Antigua and Barbuda of possible impacts on the twin-island State of this TD?

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