11/13/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/13/2020 16:35
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
The strong Tropical Wave that was across the central Caribbean developed into a Tropical Depression earlier today, and has since become Tropical Storm Iota.
Tropical Storm Iota is currently located near latitude 13.8 degrees North, longitude 74.3 degrees West, or about 540 kilometres south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. Iota is moving toward the west-southwest near 6 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 Monday. On the forecast track, Iota will move across the central Caribbean Sea during the next day or so.
Satellite imagery indicates that Iota has a large area of showers and thunderstorms extending across much of the central Caribbean. Although the system is not expected to directly impact Jamaica, its extreme outer bands are expected to cause unstable weather conditions across the island beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing through to Monday.
Projections are for cloudy conditions with periods of showers and isolated thunderstorms, which could be heavy at times, to affect mainly southern and northeastern parishes during this period. Additionally, strong gusty winds are likely to affect sections of the island beginning on Saturday.
The greatest immediate risk is to small craft operators over the waters south of Jamaica. Sea conditions will deteriorate in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms. Furthermore, winds reaching near gale force are expected across inshore and offshore areas of the south coast beginning on Saturday. Fishers and other marine interests are therefore urged to exercise extreme caution and should not venture out at this time.
Conditions associated with Tropical Storm Iota are forecast to remain in the vicinity of the island until at least Monday of next week.
The Meteorological Service will continue to closely monitor this system.
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See also our website: http://metservice.gov.jm