Hurricane Iota, Weakening But Dangerous, Slams An Already Sodden Central America

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A truck flounders in a flooded street in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, just hours before Hurricane Iota made landfall in the country Monday night. By Tuesday morning, the storm had significantly weakened, but it still poses life-threatening dangers for residents in its path.

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Hurricane Iota has the grim distinction of being the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Nicaragua in the month of November, according to Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University. He notes on Twitter that the record had briefly belonged to Hurricane Eta before Iota surpassed it.

As the 30th named storm — and the strongest — of 2020, Iota also tops the busiest Atlantic season ever recorded. The season has been so packed with catastrophe, in fact, that for just the second time in history, forecasters had to resort to the Greek alphabet after exhausting the World Meteorological Organization’s list of 21 potential storm names.

The forecast, at least, offers some hope for those in Iota’s path. The National Hurricane Center expects the storm to rapidly weaken over the next 36 hours as it moves toward El Salvador across the mountainous terrain of inland Nicaragua and Honduras.

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