HOLT, Fla., Nov. 16, 2020—Hurricane Iota is now a category 5 storm.
The strongest hurricane of the season, Iota is expected to make landfall in nearly the exact same spot in Nicaragua as category 4 Eta did just two weeks ago with 150 mph winds.
Currently packing 160 mph winds, Iota is forecast to strengthen to 165 mph before landfall tonight bringing winds, storm surge and rain to an already devastated Central American region.
According to the National Hurricane Center, this is a catastrophic situation unfolding for northeastern Nicaragua with an extreme storm surge of 15-to-20 feet forecast, including potentially 30 inches of rainfall.
Heavy rainfall from Iota will likely lead to life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding across portions of Central America, according to the NHC.
Flooding and mudslides in Honduras and Nicaragua could be exacerbated by Hurricane Eta’s recent effects there, resulting in significant to potentially catastrophic impacts, according to the hurricane center.
Another record for the 2020 hurricane season, Iota is the latest a category 5 storm that has formed in the Atlantic basin.
National Hurricane Center forecast