Iota Intensifies into Dangerous Category 5 Hurricane Before Landfall

Hurricane Iota intensifies into a category 5 as it heads for Central America right before it makes landfall just a week after Hurricane ETA caused severe damage.

Hurricane Iota intensifies into a category 5 as it heads for Central America right before it makes landfall just a week after Hurricane ETA caused severe damage.

Iota was centered 40 miles west of Isla de Providencia, Columbia, and is moving at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph and is expected to make landfall soon. 

Iota doubled the official threshold for rapid intensification within 24 hours is 35 mph jump in wind speeds which is expected to bring life-threatening storm surges, rainfall flooding, mudslides,  and damaging winds in Colombia, Nicaragua, and Honduras.

Colorado State University meteorologist researcher Phil Klotzbach explained that Iota is the latest Category 5 hurricane to appear this year.

Central America, particularly Nicaragua is still reeling from Eta which has left 57 dead after it caused severe flooding and mudslides in the region. 

Honduras, northern Nicaragua, Guatemala, and southern Belize are expected to experience 8 to 16 inches of rain, with isolated totals of 20 to 30 inches.


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