Watches and Warnings
• Cayman Islands
• Coast of Nicaragua from Honduras/Nicaragua border to
Sandy Bay Sirpi
• Coast of northeastern Honduras from Punta Patuca to
• Honduras/Nicaragua border
• San Andres
Tropical Storm Warning
• San Andres
• Coast of Nicaragua from south of Sandy Bay Sirpi to Bluefields
• Northern coast of Honduras from west of Punta Patuca to Punta Castilla
• Bay Islands
For the latest information on storm activity in the Cayman Islands, as well as information on how to prepare for hurricane season, visit Storm Centre.
Hurricane Iota strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane Monday afternoon as it approached the Nicaraguan coast.
Portions of Central America are still reeling from Eta, which hit the Nicaraguan coastline as a Category 4 hurricane two weeks ago.
Closer to home, a marine warning remains in effect for the Cayman Islands Monday night and Tuesday when 7-to-9-foot waves are expected along with swells up to 2 feet on Grand Cayman’s southeastern coast.
“Fresh northeasterly winds and rough seas will continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours as Hurricane Iota, a Category 5 hurricane, continues westward and is expected to make landfall over Nicaragua this evening and weaken over Nicaragua tomorrow afternoon,” according to the Cayman Islands National Weather Service 4pm update.
Iota was located about 402 miles south-southwest of Grand Cayman as of 4pm. It was 55 miles east-southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua and was travelling west at 9 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph with higher gusts.
Iota is expected to make landfill Monday night and dissipate over Central America by Wednesday.
“A life-threatening storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 15 to 20 feet above normal tide levels in areas of onshore winds along the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves,” the US-based National Hurricane Center said.