Tropical Depression 11 has formed in the eastern Caribbean near the coast of Nicaragua. It is expected to strengthen into a Tropical Storm in the next 12 hours. At that time, it would receive the name “Ida”. TD 11 is forecast to move very slowly through eastern Nicaragua and Honduras before exiting into the Caribbean. After re-entering open waters, TD 11 may begin restrengthening, but since that won’t be until the beginning of next week, it’s a little early to speculate on the future of the storm after re-emerging in the Caribbean.
Given the slow forward movement of the cyclone, I expect Central America will experience prolonged, moderate-to-heavy rain for the next five days. Flooding and mudslides are common with such storms in these areas and can be very deadly. The governments of both Nicaragua and Honduras have issued tropical storm warnings.