Getting to Utila Is Easy…Here Are the Details.

Getting to Utila Is Easy…Here Are the Details.
Utila the smallest of the Bay Islands on the southern end of the Mesoamerican barrier reef system is easily accessible to international travelers via nearby Roatan International Airport. Utila is quaint and not heavily commercialized, allowing one to truly escape into a private paradise.

From Roatan to Utila via the Utila Dream Ferry

Traveling to Utila is significantly easier now than in years past. The new Utila Dream Ferry maintains a regular schedule, and its very comfortable accommodations (such as spacious seating, great air conditioning, and a first-class cabin) make for a very pleasant voyage. Additionally, international flights arrive at nearby Roatan International Airport (RTB) daily and major cruise lines also keep a regular schedule at the Port of Roatan. The Utila Dream Ferry’s terminal is a short and inexpensive taxi ride from the airport further enticing travelers who previously overlooked Utila.

Presently, the Utila Dream Ferry departs Roatan at 2 PM (Fridays-Monday). Ferry schedules change during local events and festivities to accommodate large crowds. Please confirm the ferry schedule before making travel arrangements. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to get to the ferry from the airport via taxi.

If you are arriving from an international destination via air, you should also allow ample time to pass through immigration & customs (especially on Saturdays) in order to arrive at the Utila Dream Ferry terminal with ample time to relax. On Saturday’s, it not uncommon for one to wait in the queue at immigration for up to 45 minutes. At the immigration queue, you will be greeted by very friendly tourism personnel. They will assist with your entry forms as well as answer questions. In the event, your flight’s arrival was delayed, and you have a tight connection to Utila please advise them. They will gladly assist you (with a SMILE) to ensure you make it to the ferry. With this said, no need to worry because the ferry’s schedule was designed to accommodate international flights.

Once you cleared immigration & customs, it’s a short taxi ride from the airport to the “Utila Dream Ferry.” The cost is $10 USD (or approximately 235 Honduran Lempira). Make sure to reach an agreement with the taxi driver on the fare before entering the taxi. Please note, the price doesn’t include a tip.

The ferry terminal is equipped with great free Wi-Fi allowing for any last-minute phone calls or messaging to coordinate your arrival to Utila. The ferry ride to Utila takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Upon arrival to Utila, you will be greeted by “tuk-tuks” at the municipal pier that will for a nominal price take you to your destination in Utila. All tuk-tuks run on a licensed system and have their rates posted in writing clearly visible to passengers. As always, it’s good practice to confirms rates with your driver prior to departure to avoid confusion.

Via Air directly to Utila

Utila has a great regional airport with limited flights from Roatan (RTB), La Ceiba (LCE), San Pedro Sula (SPS), and Tegucigalpa (TGU) airports. We can recommend a local travel agent that can assist you with booking your flight. Utila has several smaller airlines that charge between $85-$115 USD per person from Roatan to Utila. The price of the flight varies based on the number of passengers.

Via Ferry from La Ceiba (mainland) to Utila

The Utila Dream Ferry makes two trips daily from La Ceiba usually departing at 7 AM and 4:40 PM. Ferry schedules change during local events and festivities. Please confirm the ferry schedule before making travel arrangements. The price is presently 575 Honduran Lempira or about $25 USD.

From Granada & Leon Nicaragua to Utila via Shuttle

We can recommend shuttle services in Nicaragua that can assist you in getting to La Ceiba directly where you will be able to take the ferry to Utila. The trip is lengthy and last approximately 20 hours depending on traffic and road conditions.

Try Camping on the Beach

Interested in new adventures? Camping will soon be available at Pumpkin Hill Beach.

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Camping at Camp Utila on Pumpkin Hill Beach

Opening In January 2018

Camp Utila is located at Pumpkin Hill Beach on the island of Utila in the Bay Islands. Camp Utila offers bathrooms, hot water showers, power at your tent, lockers, filtered drinking water, grilling areas, picnic tables, Wi-Fi, and discounts at Pumpkin Hill Bar & Grill.

2 person tent

Camp Utila is accepting reservations now for January 2018 via their website www.camputila.com and on booking.com. Presently, they have the following discounts available:

  • Book 2 nights and we will pick you up at the Municipal Ferry Dock (Utila Dream Ferry).
  • Book 3 nights and receive 15% off rentals (excludes tents). Use coupon code “3NIGHTS” at checkout.
  • Book 5 nights and get a free night. Use coupon code “5NIGHTS” at checkout.

Need the details on getting to Utila? See this post for travel details.

 

 

3 Day Weather Forecast: Rain Will Finally Slow Tomorrow

Rain will Slow on Wednesday

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Utila 5 Day Weather Forecast (click to expand)

Utila Weather: Today, strong winds (in excess of 18 knots) continue until about 3pm. Heavy rain continues overnight but is expected to significantly decrease starting Wednesday. Expect 2.7″ of rain over the next 24 hours and additional 1″ over the next 3 days. Temperatures will remain cool until Thursday.

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Marine Forecast for the Gulf of Honduras*

AMZ017-150245-
Gulf of Honduras-
931 AM EST Tue Nov 14 2017

.TODAY…NW to N winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Scattered
showers and isolated thunderstorms.
.TONIGHT…N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Scattered showers
and isolated thunderstorms.
.WED…NW to N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Scattered
showers and isolated thunderstorms.
.WED NIGHT…N to NE winds 10 to 15 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and N
10 to 15 kt elsewhere. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Scattered showers and
isolated thunderstorms.
.THU…N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.THU NIGHT…N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.FRI…NW to N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.FRI NIGHT…N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.SAT…NW to N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
.SAT NIGHT…NW to N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

*Courtesy of the US NWS. For updated marine forecast visit the NWS website

Utila Weather: Heavy Rain & Winds over Next 48 Hours

Utila 5 Day Forecast
Utila 5 Day Forecast

Utila Weather: Today strong winds at 9 am (20 knots with 30 knots wind gust.) Strong winds will continue through Sunday along with over 11 inches of rain accumulation over the next 3 days.

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Current Watches

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A broad area of low pressure located over the western Caribbean Sea
and Central America continues to produce disorganized showers and
thunderstorms. Close proximity to land is likely to limit
development of this system during the next 24 hours. However,
environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for the system
to become more organized Friday and Saturday as it moves slowly
northward over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Strong upper-level
winds associated with an approaching cold front will make conditions
less favorable by Sunday. Regardless of development, this system is
expected to produce locally heavy rainfall over portions of Central
America and Cuba during the next couple of days. These rains are
forecast to spread northward across portions of South Florida and
the Keys on Saturday.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…40 percent.

Source US (National Hurricane Center)

Marine Forecast for the Gulf of Honduras*

AMZ017-262115-
Gulf of Honduras-
511 AM EDT Thu Oct 26 2017

.TODAY…NW to N winds 20 to 25 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and N to
NE 20 to 25 kt elsewhere. Seas 6 to 9 ft. Scattered showers.
.TONIGHT…NW to N winds 15 to 20 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and N to
NE 20 to 25 kt elsewhere. Seas 6 to 9 ft. Scattered thunderstorms.
.FRI…S of 17N W of 87W, W to NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Elsewhere,
NE winds 15 to 20 kt, shifting to SW to W 10 to 15 kt. Seas 5 to
7 ft. Scattered thunderstorms.
.FRI NIGHT…SW to W winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
Scattered showers.
.SAT…W winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
.SAT NIGHT…W to NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
.SUN…NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.SUN NIGHT…NW to N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
.MON…N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
.MON NIGHT…NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.

*Courtesy of the US NWS. For updated marine forecast visit the NWS website


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Utila Weather: Strong Easterly Winds Return this Weekend

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5 Day Weather Forecast
Utila Weather: It’s going to be wet (click above graphic for details):

  • 0.6″ of rain accumulation over the next 24 hours
  • 1.7″ of rain accumulation over the next 3 days
  • 3.5″ of rain accumulation over the next 6 days

Strong easterly winds return on Sunday (in excess of 12 knots) and should remain for a few days. Tropical storm activity is NOT expected for the next 48 hours according to the US National Hurricane Center. We will continue to monitor the weather and let you know if anything new is forecasted.

Utila Weather: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Rainy Season has Arrived

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Utila Weather: Rain, rain, and more rain coming. Expect over 0.4 inches of rain accumulation over the next 72 hours, followed by an additional 2.2 inches of rain over the next 10 days. Luckily, no significant thunderstorm or lightning storms are forecasted over the next 72 hours. Expect light breezes with occasional stronger wind gust in the evenings. Wind direction will be shifting sporadically over the next few day. There are no significant storm systems forecasted for the Bay Islands at this time.

10 Day Rain Accumulation Forecast is 2.6"
10 Day Rain Accumulation Forecast is 2.6″

Marine Forecast for the Gulf of Honduras*

AMZ017-142015-
Gulf of Honduras-
404 AM EDT Sat Oct 14 2017

.TODAY…NE to E winds less than 5 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
.TONIGHT…NE to E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
.SUN…S of 17N W of 87W, E to SE winds less than 5 kt, shifting
to N 5 kt in the afternoon. Elsewhere, NE to E winds 5 to 10 kt.
Seas 2 ft or less.
.SUN NIGHT…NE to E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
.MON…N winds less than 5 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
.MON NIGHT…N to NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
.TUE…N winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
.TUE NIGHT…NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
.WED…N to NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
.WED NIGHT…NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.

*Courtesy of the US NWS. For updated marine forecast visit the NWS website

Utila Weather: Sunday, October 8th, ​2017

Utila Weather – 72 Hour Forecast

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Utila 72-hour forecast

[Updated 05:45 AM] Beautiful in paradise. Sunday will be clear and HOT. Very little cloud cover, and very light breezes until after sunset. Conditions will be ripe for possible lighting storms after 10:00 PM (see graphic below). Monday will be a tad cooler with the occasional light wind gusts. Clouds will be returning in the evening hours. On Tuesday, scattered showers are possible. Over the next 72 hours, we will have less than 0.4″ of rain. Please don’t forget to give your pets extra water- it’s going to be hot. Tropical storm Nate has hit the US Gulf States (video below).

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Conditions will be right for lighting on Sunday night after 10:00PM

Video: Wind Forecast

Marine Forecast for the Gulf of Honduras*

AMZ017-082015-
Gulf of Honduras-
403 AM EDT Sun Oct 8 2017

.TODAY…S to SW winds 5 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and SE to S 15 to
20 kt elsewhere. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.TONIGHT…NE to E winds 5 to 10 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and E to
SE 15 to 20 kt elsewhere. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
.MON…S to SW winds 5 to 10 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and E to SE
10 to 15 kt elsewhere. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Scattered showers and
isolated thunderstorms.
.MON NIGHT…E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Scattered
showers and isolated thunderstorms.
.TUE…E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.TUE NIGHT…NE to E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 ft in the evening,
becoming 2 ft or less.
.WED…NE to E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
.WED NIGHT…NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
.THU…N winds less than 5 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.
.THU NIGHT…NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.

*Courtesy of the US NWS. For updated marine forecast visit the NWS website

Video: Nate’s Impact to the Gulf States

UPDATE: Tropical Storm “Nate” is ENE of Guanaja

 

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Tropical storm Nate is presently 60 miles ENE of Guanaja (click to enlarge)

Update 6:00 AM Friday, October 6th

  • Tropical storm Nate is presently located 60 miles ENE of Guanaja with winds of 45 MPH and gusts of 60 MPH. Its center is located 175 NM from Utila heading NNW at 14 MPH and gaining speed.
  • If Nate remains on its current path Utila will be spared of the previously forecasted high wind gust, however, we will continue to see heavy rain over the next 24 hours.
  • Additional hurricane watches will likely be issued for states in the Gulf of Mexico this morning. Most forecast models show Nate making landfall in the general New Orleans area as a category 1 hurricane.
  • Video Forecasts have been added (see below).
  • Marine Forecast for the Gulf of Honduras has been updated (see below).

Monitor the Weather Closely

The US National Hurricane Center offers tips for preparing for a storm or hurricane.

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Utila 72-hour forecast (click to enlarge)

In Utila, expect an additional 2.3 inches of rain accumulation over the next 24 hours. Although Utila will be spared of the heavy winds forecasted yesterday it will continue to rain heavily. Sustained wind gusts up to 20 knots are expected throughout the day. The weather should begin to normalize by late Friday night. Saturday morning we will see sunshine and warming temperatures. On late Monday night, we will see a return of strong easterly winds.

On the forecast track, the center of Nate will move across the northwestern Caribbean Sea today, and reach the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula early this evening. Nate will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico tonight and approach the northern Gulf coast Saturday evening (US National Hurricane Center)

Video Forecast

Summary of Watches & Warnings in Effect

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Punta Castilla Honduras to the Honduras/Nicaragua border
* Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
* Morgan City Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border
* Northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Morgan City Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border
* Metropolitan New Orleans
* Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas
* Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line
* West of Morgan City to Intracoastal City Louisiana

(Source: US NWS Hurricane Center)

Marine Forecast for the Gulf of Honduras*

AMZ017-062115-
Gulf of Honduras-
513 AM EDT Fri Oct 6 2017

…TROPICAL STORM WARNING…

.TODAY…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS. S of 17N W of 87W, NW winds
15 to 20 kt. Elsewhere, N winds 40 to 45 kt, shifting to W to NW
in the afternoon. Seas 4 to 5 ft S of 17N W of 87W, and 8 ft
elsewhere. Numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms.
.TONIGHT…W winds 15 to 20 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and SW 15 to
20 kt elsewhere. Seas 5 to 7 ft. Scattered showers.
.SAT…S to SW winds 5 to 10 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and SE to S
15 to 20 kt elsewhere. Seas 4 ft. Scattered showers.
.SAT NIGHT…SW to W winds 5 to 10 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and SE
to S 15 to 20 kt elsewhere. Seas 4 ft.
.SUN…S of 17N W of 87W, S to SW winds 5 kt, shifting to E in
the afternoon. Elsewhere, SE winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 4 ft.
.SUN NIGHT…E winds 10 to 15 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and E to SE
15 to 20 kt elsewhere. Seas 4 ft.
.MON…E to SE winds 5 to 10 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and E to SE
10 to 15 kt elsewhere. Seas 4 ft.
.MON NIGHT…E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 ft.
.TUE…NE to E winds 10 to 15 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and E 10 to
15 kt elsewhere. Seas 3 ft.

*Courtesy of the US NWS. For updated marine forecast visit the NWS website

UPDATE: Tropical Storm “Nate” Passing Northeast of Utila on Friday Morning

 

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Tropical storm Nate will pass 115 nautical miles northeast of Utila (click graphic to expand)

Update 7:55 PM Thursday, October 5th

  • An UPDATED FORECAST is available as of 05:50 AM Friday, October 6th.
  • Tropical storm Nate is presently located 45 miles west of Puerto Lempira moving NNW at 10mph.
  • Nate is now forecasted to pass 115 nautical miles NE of Utila on Friday 0300 AM as a well-formed system (see above graphic).
  • Nate will be entering the Carribean Sea from the mainland on Thursday after 10:00 PM where it will likely gain strength. Continue to monitor the weather as forecast may change in the coming hours.
  • Strong wind gusts (20+ knots) are expected shortly after midnight on Friday. Wind gusts will peak in Utila at 30 knots on Friday afternoon at 12:00 PM.
  • The government of Mexico has extended the Hurricane Watch westward
    along the northern coast of the Yucatan peninsula to Rio Lagartos. Additional hurricane watches will likely be issued later this evening.
  • Tropical storm Nate will likely be a category 1 hurricane after passing north of Utila. US Airforce “Hurricane Hunters” are sending aircraft into the storm presently.
  • Video Forecasts have been added (see below.)
  • Marine Forecast for the Gulf of Honduras has been updated (see below).

Monitor the Weather Closely

The US National Hurricane Center offers tips for preparing for a storm or hurricane.

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Utila 72 Hour Weather Forecast

In Utila, expect an additional 2.2 inches of rain accumulation over the next 72 hours. Sustained wind gusts in excess of 30 knots are expected to begin Friday after midnight and continue throughout the day. The weather should begin to normalize by late Friday night.

On the forecast track, the center of Nate will continue to move over eastern Honduras this evening and over the northwestern Caribbean Sea tonight and Friday. The center is then expected to move near or over the northeastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula and the adjacent islands late Friday or Friday night, and move into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday. (US National Hurricane Center)

Video Forecast

Summary of Watches & Warnings in Effect

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Sandy Bay Sirpi Nicaragua to Punta Castilla Honduras
* Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area.

Interests elsewhere in Honduras, the Bay Islands, western Cuba, the
Yucatan Peninsula, and the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico
should monitor the progress of Nate. A Hurricane Watch and a Storm
Surge Watch will likely be required for portions of the northern
Gulf Coast tonight or Friday morning.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products
issued by your national meteorological service.

(Source: US NWS Hurricane Center)

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Marine Forecast for the Gulf of Honduras*

AMZ017-060915-
Gulf of Honduras-
503 PM EDT Thu Oct 5 2017

…TROPICAL STORM WARNING…

.TONIGHT…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS EXPECTED. S of 17N W of
87W, NE to E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 ft. Elsewhere, NE to E
winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming NE 30 to 35 kt late. Seas
4 ft, building to 8 ft late. Scattered thunderstorms.
.FRI…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS EXPECTED. S of 17N W of 87W,
NW winds 15 to 20 kt. Elsewhere, N winds 35 to 40 kt, shifting
to W to NW 30 to 35 kt in the afternoon. Seas 5 to 6 ft S of 17N
W of 87W, and 10 to 11 ft elsewhere. Numerous showers and
scattered thunderstorms.
.FRI NIGHT…SW to W winds 15 to 20 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and SW
15 to 20 kt elsewhere. Seas 7 to 8 ft. Scattered showers.
.SAT…S to SW winds 5 to 10 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and SE to S
15 to 20 kt elsewhere. Seas 5 to 6 ft. Scattered showers.
.SAT NIGHT…S of 17N W of 87W, SW to W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas
2 ft or less. Elsewhere, SE to S winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 5 to
6 ft.
.SUN…S of 17N W of 87W, S to SW winds 5 kt, shifting to E to
SE in the afternoon. Elsewhere, SE winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 2 ft
or less S of 17N W of 87W, and 5 to 6 ft elsewhere.
.SUN NIGHT…E winds 10 to 15 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and E to SE
15 to 20 kt elsewhere. Seas 4 ft.
.MON…E to SE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 ft.
.MON NIGHT…E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
.TUE…NE to E winds 10 to 15 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and E 10 to
15 kt elsewhere. Seas 3 ft.

*Courtesy of the US NWS. For updated marine forecast visit the NWS website

Tropical Storm “Nate” (Possible Hurricane) Passing 105 Miles NE of Utila on Friday Morning

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The storm system is now passing over 100 nautical miles closer than Utila than forecasted yesterday evening.

Update 12:30 PM Thursday, October 5th

  • An UPDATED FORECAST is available as of 5:50 AM Friday.
  • The tropical storm “Nate” (a possible hurricane) is now forecasted to pass 105 nautical miles NE of Utila on Friday Morning at 0300 AM. This is over 100 nautical miles closer than forecasted last night.
  • Wind gusts are now forecasted to peak at 30 knots on Friday afternoon. This is over 10 knots more than forecasted last night.
  • The government of Mexico has extended the Hurricane Watch westward
    along the northern coast of the Yucatan peninsula to Rio Lagartos.
  • Video Forecasts have been added (see below.)
  • Marine Forecast for the Gulf of Honduras has been updated (see below).

Monitor the Weather Closely

Friday at 0100 AM the tropical depression will be off the coast of Puerto Lempira heading north. It is forecasted that by Friday at 0300 AM the tropical storm system will have strengthened and will be 105 nautical miles northeast of Utila as it heads towards the Yucatan peninsula where hurricane warnings have been issued. Strengthening
is likely over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night and Friday. The US National Hurricane Center offers tips for preparing for a storm or hurricane.

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In Utila, Expect over 3.1″ of rain accumulation over the next 72 hours. Strong winds will start late Thursday night. Sustained wind gusts in excess of 30 knots are expected to begin Friday at dawn (0300 AM) and continue throughout the day.  The weather should begin to normalize by late Friday night.

Video Forecast

The below video shows the system passing the Honduran coast. It starts at Puerto Lempira and then will make its way northeast of Utila as it continues to the Yucatan peninsula.

Summary of Watches & Warnings in Effect

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Sandy Bay Sirpi Nicaragua to Punta Castilla Honduras

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours
before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force
winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or
dangerous.

Interests elsewhere in Honduras, the Bay Islands, western Cuba and
the Yucatan Peninsula should monitor the progress of the depression.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products
issued by your national meteorological service.

(Source: US NWS Hurricane Center)

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Marine Forecast for the Gulf of Honduras*

AMZ017-052115-
Gulf of Honduras-
503 AM EDT Thu Oct 5 2017

…TROPICAL STORM WARNING…

.TODAY…NW to N winds 10 to 15 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and E
10 to 15 kt elsewhere. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Scattered showers and
isolated thunderstorms.
.TONIGHT…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS EXPECTED. S of 17N W of
87W, NE to E winds 10 to 15 kt. Elsewhere, NE to E winds 10 to
15 kt, increasing to 30 to 35 kt late. Seas 4 to 5 ft.
Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.
.FRI…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS EXPECTED. S of 17N W of 87W,
NW winds 15 to 20 kt. Elsewhere, N winds 35 to 40 kt, shifting
to W to NW in the afternoon. Seas 4 to 6 ft S of 17N W of 87W,
and 8 to 9 ft elsewhere. Scattered thunderstorms.
.FRI NIGHT…SW to W winds 15 to 20 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and SW
15 to 20 kt elsewhere. Seas 7 to 8 ft. Scattered showers and
isolated thunderstorms.
.SAT…S to SW winds 5 to 10 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and SE to S
15 to 20 kt elsewhere. Seas 5 to 6 ft.
.SAT NIGHT…SW winds 10 to 15 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and SE to S
15 to 20 kt elsewhere. Seas 5 ft.
.SUN…S of 17N W of 87W, S to SW winds 5 kt, shifting to SE in
the afternoon. Elsewhere, SE winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 2 ft or
less S of 17N W of 87W, and 5 ft elsewhere.
.SUN NIGHT…E winds 10 to 15 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and E to SE
15 to 20 kt elsewhere. Seas 4 ft.
.MON…SE winds 10 to 15 kt S of 17N W of 87W, and E to SE 10 to
15 kt elsewhere. Seas 4 ft.
.MON NIGHT…E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 ft or less, building to
3 ft late.

*Courtesy of the US NWS. For updated marine forecast visit the NWS website