The cloudiness related to Iota added to a new tropical wave will favor the development of rains in the Caribbean and Andean region, which in turn will allow sudden increases and landslides in La Guajira, Cesar, Magdalena (foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta), Atlántico, Bolívar and Sucre.
Given Ideam’s forecast, he recommended activating and reinforcing prevention measures aimed at reducing the risks caused by these kinds of events, both to the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (Ungrd) and to the departmental and municipal councils of the The Caribbean Region.
Ideam reported that Iota will tend to lose intensity and possibly become a tropical storm during the next 48 hours as it moves towards Central America.
According to the Saffir-Simpson scale and the National Hurricane Center, the center of the cyclone was positioned with maximum sustained winds of 260 kilometers per hour, while it continued its westward movement at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour.
The institute insisted on activating and reinforcing prevention measures aimed at reducing the risks caused by these kinds of events.
“We advise you to consider these conditions and the possible risks associated with increased swell and wind, reduced visibility for navigation in the area and at sea, heavy rains and electrical storms. Small boat operators, tourists and fishermen are advised to closely follow the daily evolution of the meteorological and marine conditions ”.
Despite the fact that Iota reached category 5 in San Andrés and Providencia during the holiday Monday, in much of the Caribbean dry weather prevailed. Only light rains were reported in Barranquilla, Sincelejo, the Gulf of Morrosquillo, Montería, Riohacha, Valledupar and Zapayán in the Magdalena.