Hurricane Iota becomes category 5 storm as it hurdles toward Central America

Hurricane Iota becomes category 5 storm as it hurdles toward Central America

"Iota has continued to strengthen into a risky category 4 hurricane expected to bring potentially catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge, and extreme rainfall impacts to Central America", explained the National Hurricane Center early Monday.

Hurricane Iota is the strongest storm of the season and is tracking to be a major imminent threat for Nicaragua and Honduras.

Iota strengthened to a Category Two out of five on the Saffir-Simpson wind strength scale Sunday as it tracked westward over the Caribbean towards the Nicaragua-Honduras border.

The storm is moving west at about 10 mph and is about 45 miles off the coast of Isla de Providencia, Colombia.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the Colombian island of Providencia, the coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras/Nicaragua border to Sandy Bay Sirpi and the coast of northeastern Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Honduras/Nicaragua border.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has Iota making landfall near Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, by Monday night. It was producing sustained winds of 125 miles per hour and moving west at 10 mph, according to the USA -based National Hurricane Center.

As the storm moves inland, winds will rapidly diminish.

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This same area was devastated by Hurricane Eta on November 3, which barreled ashore in coastal Nicaragua near Honduras, at Category 4 strength. There's a chance it could get a bit stronger just prior to landfall. Then it meandered across Cuba, the Florida Keys and around the Gulf of Mexico before slogging ashore again near Cedar Key, Florida, and dashing across Florida and the Carolinas.

Eight to 16 inches of rain will also be possible in areas hard-hit by flooding and landslides from Eta, including Nicaragua and Honduras and also Guatemala and southern Belize. Theta, the 29th, was weakening over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean. They created an official threshold for this rapid intensification - a storm gaining 35 mph (56 kph) in wind speed in just 24 hours.

The effect of the rains could be particularly devastating in areas already drenched by Hurricane Eta two weeks ago.

The official end of the hurricane season is November 30.

Iota is expected to weaken after landfall and should be a tropical storm by the time it moves over Honduras and a tropical depression by the time it nears El Salvador and Guatemala, according to the hurricane center.

This is the first time on record that the Atlantic had two major hurricanes, with winds exceeding 110 miles per hour (177 kph), in November, with Iota and Eta, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

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