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Hurricane Iota slams into Nicaragua; Over 40,000 people in shelters

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020. 11:42 am CST.

By BBN Staff: In only two weeks, Nicaragua is dealing with the aftermath of the second disastrous hurricane to make landfall.

Hurricane Iota had intensified into a powerful category 5 hurricane on Monday, but reports from the National Hurricane Center says that it weakened just as it neared the coast of Nicaragua late Monday.

The storm made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (250 kph). It hit the coast about 30 miles (45 kilometers) south of the Nicaraguan City of Puerto Cabezas, also known as Bilwi.

This morning, Iota still carried hurricane-force winds as a Category 1 Hurricane moving inland over Northern Nicaragua. Iota is forecast to cross southern Honduras late Tuesday.

Nicaraguan officials say that Iota caused fallen trees, electric poles and blew away roofs. Fortunately, there are no injuries or deaths.

Over 40,000 people remain in shelters in the country.

The main concern now is flooding due to the torrential rains.

Hurricane Iota made landfall just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall on November 3, 2020.

Eta killed over 130 people in the region as heavy rains caused flash floods and mudslides in parts of Central America.


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