Nov, 17th 2020 – Hurricane Iota has made landfall in Nicaragua two weeks after another devastating storm hit. The US National Hurricane Center says though the storm weakened while hitting Nicaragua it remains extremely dangerous. In the agency’s latest update it warned of disastrous winds, a life-threatening storm surge, and torrential rainfall.
This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has broken the record for the number of named storms. for only the second time on record officials have had to start using letters of the Greek alphabets to start storm names.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says that the storm crossed the coast on Monday evening. In their latest update, agency warned of catastrophic winds, torrential rainfall and a life threatening storm surge. President Juan Orlando Hernández of neighboring Honduras at an earlier press conference said, “What’s drawing closer is a bomb.”
Residents from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, living in low lying areas and near rivers in the Atlantic coastal region where Iota is expected to hit have been evacuated. The storm moved past the Colombian Island of Providencia in the Caribbean cutting off electricity before reaching Central America.
President Iván Duque said that Providencia could have been hit badly by the storm and stressed that there had been very poor communication after it struck. AFP news agency has reported that one person was killed on the Island.
Areas that had already been struck by hurricane Eta two weeks ago are devastated due to the effects of the rain. The NHC says that Iota made landfall just 15 miles south of where the storm hit the coast on 3rd November. Eta left at least 200 people dead.
The worst hit area was Guatemala Central Alta Verapaz region where dozens of homes in the villages got buried in mudslides with 100 people feared dead. Elsewhere in Guatemala, at least 50 deaths were reported.