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Hurricane Iota heads for Central America, expected to cause serious devastation

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Hurricane Iota has made landfall in Nicaragua coast and is expected to hit the Central American region. Therefore, residents of these locations are advised to brace up for serious catastrophic damage.

Iota crossed into Nicaragua near the town of Haulover. Haulover is just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta also struck as a Category 4 on the 3rd day of November.

Nicaragua, along with other locations like Honduras, Guatemala, and southern Belize, which are all flanked by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, have not even yet recovered from the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Eta which left tens of thousands homeless.

At the time, Eta was the strongest storm to ever hit Nicaragua in the month of November.

The National Hurricane Center has now warned of “catastrophic winds, and a surge of life-threatening storm and torrential rainfall” across Central America from this latest storm.

Iota has sustained winds of 155 mph – a Category 4 hurricane, after having reached Category 5 for a time.

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Hurricane Iota, a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, is due to make landfall Monday night in Nicaragua. National Hurricane Center

Although Hurricane Iota has an unbelievable wind strength which is enough to rip roofs apart and completely tear  down some buildings, Iota would also be bringing rain and flooding along.

As we already know, water is always the biggest killer in any of these events and this case is no exception. Already confirmed to be bigger than Eta, Hurricane Iota is going to be felt by many more people.

This is the record 30th named storm and strongest hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic Season.

The National Hurricane Center has also warned about Hurricane Iota in an official statement saying;

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“Through Thursday, heavy rainfall from Iota will likely lead to life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding across portions of Central America. Flooding and mudslides in Honduras and Nicaragua could be exacerbated by Hurricane Etas recent effects there, resulting in significant to potentially catastrophic impacts.”

Hurricane Iota has continued to outperform forecasts. Among its achievements:

  • Iota intensified 100 mph in 36 hours. Prior to 2020, 8 storms did this in 169 years of recordkeeping. In the last two months, three storms have done it (Delta, Eta and Iota)
  • In terms of pressure, Iota is the 20th most intense Atlantic hurricane on record

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Volunteer firefighters huddle in prayer before beginning a search and rescue operation in San Cristobal Verapaz, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta. Searchers in Guatemala were digging through mud and debris looking for an estimated 100 people believed buried by a massive, rain-fueled landslide, as Eta regained tropical storm strength and churned toward Cuba. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Relief organizations, already stretched by their response to Hurricane Eta, are preparing for the damage Hurricane Iota will most certainly cause throughout Central America.

We keep the affected residents in our prayers and wish them safety.

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