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Iota Lands With Catastrophic Wind and Floods Near Where Eta Hit

“Hurricane Iota has barreled into a Central America still recovering from Eta, bringing with it the possibility of “life-threatening” flooding, catastrophic winds and mudslides.

Swells from the storm will be felt from Central America to the Yucat√°n Peninsula, as far east as Jamaica and as far south as Colombia. Its landfall was just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta struck, potentially leaving the region scarred for generations.

The storm reached Category 5 strength and made landfall near the town of Haulover, Nicaragua, at 10:40 p.m. EST as a Category 4, with maximum sustained winds near 155 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It has since weakened to winds near 105 mph.”

Madeline Holcombe and Amir Vera report for CNN November 17, 2020.

SEE ALSO:

“Hurricane Iota Live Updates: Category 4 Storm Makes Landfall in Nicaragua” (New York Times)

“Climate ‘Bomb' Iota Weakens Slightly Off Central America” (Reuters)