“Iota” Now “Catastrophic” Cat. 5; Trough now Affecting the Island

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Hurricane Iota rapidly strengthened this morning into a Category 5 storm.

Forecasters say it is likely to bring catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America already battered by a powerful Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago.

In the meantime the The Met Service of Jamaica says Hurricane Iota, currently located across the southwestern Caribbean Sea, has induced a trough across the island.

This trough will continue to produce mostly cloudy and windy conditions across the island, with occasional showers and possible thunderstorms mainly across southern parishes through to this afternoon