Miami Florida – The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported this Friday of the formation of tropical depression number 31 in the Caribbean, which may become a hurricane greater when approaching Nicaragua and Honduras starting next Sunday.
The NHC had previously warned those two countries to be alert to the development of downpours and thunderstorms associated with a broad low-pressure system over the Caribbean.
The two Central American countries have just suffered the devastating impact of Eta, a cyclone that became a major hurricane and is now over the Atlantic converted into a post-tropical system.
Tropical Depression 31 is about 310 miles (about 500 km) south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (55 km / h).
It is moving in a west-southwest direction at 7 miles per hour (11 km / h).
It would affect Nicaragua and Honduras from Sunday
On the forecast track, the system will traverse the central Caribbean Sea over the next day or two and approach the coasts of Nicaragua and northeastern Honduras on Sunday afternoon and Monday.
The NHC forecasts that the depression will strengthen into a tropical storm, to be called Iota, today and continue to grow in intensity over the weekend until it becomes a major hurricane.
The NHC has not issued alerts for now, but warns that tonight it may launch a hurricane watch for areas of Nicaragua and Honduras.
Until next Wednesday it is expected to produce rain in northern Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, Jamaica and southern Haiti.
In Central America, the system has the potential to produce 20 to 30 inches (508 to 762 mm) of rain, especially in northern Nicaragua and Honduras, where significant flash floods and river overflows and landslides could occur.