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- Weeks after Hurricane Eta caused destruction and death across Central America, Iota touched down as a Category 4 hurricane.
- In addition to mudslides and flash floods, the National Hurricane Center warns of strong winds along the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras.
The latest storm in the abnormally active 2020 hurricane season, Iota, stands to create potentially “catastrophic” flash floods and mudslides for Central America.
This comes just weeks after Hurricane Eta made landfall in Nicaragua and Honduras before moving up to Florida.
In addition to mudslides and flash floods, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warns of strong winds along the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras. Iota is currently listed as a tropical storm by the NHC, but The Washington Post reports that Iota made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane late Monday night.
Wind speeds were reportedly hovering around 155 miles per hour at the time of landfall, although the Orlando Sentinel reports that winds at speeds of 160 miles per hour were briefly noted.
Iota has the distinction of being the strongest storm on record to make landfall this late in a hurricane season, which lasts from June to November.
Throughout the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, 30 named storms have been recorded.
Further tropical weather outlooks report an incident developing south of Iota on the southeastern coast of Central America.
However, atmospheric conditions currently do not favor much further development.
“A broad area of low pressure could form in a day or so over the southwestern Caribbean Sea,” forecasters write. “Environmental conditions do not appear to be as conducive for development as once thought, but slow development is possible over the next several days while the system moves slowly westward or west-southwestward across the southwestern Caribbean Sea.”
The chance of formation of a storm through the next five days stands low at 30 percent.