The region, which was hit repeatedly in 2020, braced for heavy rains through the weekend.
The weather system, the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, was expected to be short-lived.
The formation of the subtropical storm makes it the seventh consecutive year that a named storm has developed in the Atlantic before the official start of the season.
Nine Greek letters were pressed into service in last year’s busy Atlantic hurricane season. Officials said they left people confused.
There have been 30 named storms and 13 hurricanes this year, the most active Atlantic season on record.
The storm will be the second hurricane to strike the region in two weeks.
The storm is expected to make landfall along the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras as a Category 4 hurricane by Monday night.
A Category One storm, Iota was expected to strengthen into a major hurricane by Monday as it approached the coast of Central America, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Iota is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane this weekend as it approaches the coast of Central America, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm had already flooded streets and forced several universities to cancel classes on Thursday.
The storm, which had battered South Florida as well as parts of Cuba and Central America, briefly strengthened to a Category One Hurricane on Wednesday as it approached the Gulf Coast.
The arrival of Theta broke the annual record for the number of storms strong enough to be given names. That benchmark was set in 2005, the year Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.
Some areas saw more than 13 inches of rainfall, and there was a storm surge along the coast.
Another 23 people across Central America have died or are missing as a result of a vast storm system dumping heavy rainfall across the region.
Zeta is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall in the United States on Wednesday. It is the 27th named storm of an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season.
The storm had swiftly intensified into a Category 3 for a few hours.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bermuda.
Schools have been closed and several parishes are under either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.
The governors of Alabama and Mississippi have declared states of emergency, while some parishes in Louisiana are under mandatory evacuation orders.
The category 3 storm is expected to hit the Yucatán Peninsula on Wednesday before heading to the northern Gulf Coast at the end of the week.
The storm is the ninth named hurricane of the Atlantic season. It may reach the Gulf Coast by the end of the week.
The storm is headed for the Texas and Louisiana coasts, another blow for states in the Gulf that have been hit by five other storms this hurricane season.
Barely halfway through what one meteorologist called a “hyperactive” season, there is only one entry left on the 21-name list used for storms.
Forecasters expect the storm to make landfall on Tuesday with potentially lethal storm surge and powerful winds.
A second potential hurricane is also moving toward the Gulf of Mexico.
The 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Josephine is not expected to hit the Caribbean islands or the mainland United States, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Isaias, now a tropical storm, made landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, and is causing widespread power outages as it cuts a path north.
The National Hurricane Center on Sunday warned that the storm could bring “damaging winds, flooding rainfall and dangerously high surf” to the state.
By Friday afternoon, Tropical Storm Gonzalo had weakened while Tropical Storm Hanna had strengthened, a meteorologist said. Douglas, in the Pacific Ocean, remained a Category 3 hurricane.
Gonzalo is the earliest named “G” storm since the satellite era began in 1966, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A tropical storm warning was issued for the North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the National Hurricane Center said.