Storm Iota would become a hurricane today Saturday: Ideam

The tropical storm ‘Iota’that strengthened Friday afternoon in the Caribbean Sea, could reach hurricane status for the afternoon of this Saturday, according to the forecast of the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (Idea).

The institute warned that the tropical depression will move in the Colombian Caribbean Sea to the west, It also reported that the current hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico continues to show considerable activity, which is why this situation is expected to persist for the remainder of November.

The cyclone, according to the latest bulletin of the National Hurricane Center, it had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.

Electrical activity in the Caribbean

The advancement of this system will continue to favor the development of abundant rains, accompanied even by electrical activity in various sectors of the country, especially in the Caribbean including the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, and their keys Serrana, Serranilla, Roncador and Quitasueño, where strong winds and waves with values ​​above normal are also noticed.

Special attention

In the Caribbean Region, Ideam has reported that the departments and areas that require the most attention are: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the south of La Guajira and north of Cesar and Magdalena. Equally Bolívar, Atlántico, Córdoba and Sucre.


The Atlantic Governorate, through the Undersecretariat for Disaster Prevention and Attention, called on the community to prepare to mitigate the effects of the rains. “The rainy season and strong winds cause the fall of trees, collapse of walls in poor condition, the same as floods in water rounds. That is why it makes a call to the community not to throw garbage into streams, channeled and not channeled, so as not to cause sedimentation ”, indicated the undersecretary of Prevention and Attention to Disasters of the department, Candelaria Hernández.

Faced with electrical storms, he recommended seeking a safe haven, do not expose yourself in open areas, under trees and metal structures, since they could be subject to shocks. To date, the rains accompanied by strong breezes have affected 2,900 families in the 22 municipalities.


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