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Tropical Storm Iba develops off the coast of Brazil, the 1st in almost 10 years

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 25, 2019, 9:12:04 AM EDT


Tropical Storm Iba formed off the southeastern coast of Brazil on Sunday, becoming the first tropical system to be identified in the area since 2010.

Iba is only the third named tropical system in the South Atlantic basin since 2004, when Hurricane Catarina reached Category 2 strength and made landfall in Brazil.

For the next 12-24 hours, the storm is expected to churn just offshore from the states of Bahia, Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro.

Residents of coastal communities stretching from Salvador to Porto Seguro will be at the greatest risk for flooding downpours into the day on Tuesday.

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The strongest winds from Iba will remain well offshore; however, any thunderstorm can produce locally damaging winds.

Travel disruptions can occur due to flooded roadways, limited visibility and strong winds.

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"Iba is expected to move southeastward away from the coast of Brazil, so the risk for thunderstorms and gusty winds will lessen in the coming days," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

The risk for dangerous swells and rough surf will persist much of the week despite Iba tracking away from the Brazil coastline, so anyone going in the water will need to exercise extreme caution.

Roys also noted that this storm is not expected to reach hurricane strength as it moves out to sea.

Seafaring vessels will need to exercise caution for the rest of the week as Iba continues to produce swells and rough surf throughout the region.

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