Major Hurricane Iota Slams Central America

Bill's Blog

Major hurricane Iota moved onshore into Nicaragua Monday evening. Landfall was just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall 2 weeks earlier or about 30 miles south of Puerto Cabezas. The storm was a Category 5 over the water – the strongest category – the latest in the season that we’ve ever had a Cat. 5 storm. Iota was still a Category 4 at landfall. Iota is the 30th named storm this season in the Atlantic – the most named storms we’ve ever had in a single season. The storm came ashore with very strong winds, very heavy rain and some serious flooding. Here’s the path the storm took:

Below is a satellite view of the storm before it moved inland into Nicaragua and Honduras. At least 30 fatalities were blamed on the storm.

Satellite picture of Hurricane Iota before it moved inland into Central America

Here’s the final Forecast Discussion and Public Advisory. Here’s a current satellite view of the Atlantic/Caribbean

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Hurricane season ends Nov. 30.

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