Tropical Storm Beta formed this morning in the southwestern Caribbean Sea, making it the season's 23rd tropical storm.
Forecasters say at 7 am Central time, it was centered about 70 miles south of San Andres Island and about 135 miles east-southeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua. A hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning are in effect for the islands of San Andres and Providencia. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected there.
The entire Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and adjacent islands are
under a tropical storm warning. Forecasters say hurricane conditions are possible in the next several days.
Its maximum sustained winds were near 40 miles-per-hour and is
moving northwest near four miles-per-hour. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 35 miles-per-hour.
Forecaster say Beta is expected to produce ten to 15 inches of rain across western Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.