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media captionstorm Iota will bring torrential rain to parts of Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize and Guatemala

a powerful hurricane has brought torrential rains and strong winds to Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, two weeks after a different devastating storm hit.

Iota made landfall as a class four storm near town of Puerto Cabezas, where sufferers had to be evacuated from a makeshift sanatorium after its roof changed into ripped off.

Residents are in shelters, and there are fears of food shortages.

The storm has weakened and Honduras is anticipated to be hit afterward Tuesday.

View of the storm surge caused by the passage of Hurricane Iota in the tourist sector of Bocagrande, in Cartagena, Colombia, 16 November 2020.

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graphic captionearlier than making landfall in Nicaragua, Iota had introduced high winds and flooding to Colombia’s Caribbean coast

the USA country wide hurricane center (NHC) said

Iota changed into now a category two storm, however warned it might carry lifestyles-threatening storm surges, catastrophic winds, flash flooding and landslides.

Iota struck Nicaragua on Monday evening with sustained winds of pretty much 155mph (250km/h), the NHC spoke of. It reinforced at sea to a category 5 storm nevertheless it weakened because it made landfall.

In Puerto Cabezas, also referred to as Bilwi, the storm broken wood buildings, flooded streets and cut off electricity. Residents referred to the wind ripped away the roofs of residences “like they have been product of cardboard”.

“I have not eaten. I do not know where i go to sleep right here,” eighty-12 months-historical Prinsila Glaso instructed AFP information company.

media captionHeavy rains as hurricane Iota nears land

there were no immediate reports of casualties. Nicaraguan officers pointed out round 40,000 individuals had been evacuated from areas in the storm’s route.

“[Iota] is the strongest storm that has touched Nicaraguan soil seeing that data started,” mentioned Marcio Baca, director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Earth reports.

The storm is forecast to circulation inland throughout the country before hitting southern Honduras. The impact of the rains could be mainly devastating in areas already sopping wet through typhoon Eta. Iota made landfall just 15 miles (24km) south of the place Eta hit on 3 November.

Map of Hurricane Iota's path
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In Honduras, officers mentioned at the least 50,000 individuals had been faraway from excessive-risk areas. speaking at a news convention on Monday, President Juan Orlando Hernández warned: “What’s drawing closer is a bomb.”

earlier than achieving central the usa the storm moved previous the Colombian island of Providencia within the Caribbean, removing electricity and killing as a minimum one grownup, officers talked about.

Colombian President Iván Duque stated ninety eight% of the infrastructure in Providencia, home to round 5,000 americans, had been damaged.

media captionhuge waves crash down on the shores of San Andrés within the Caribbean

Iota is the strongest Atlantic storm of the 12 months and only the 2d November storm to attain class five – the final changed into in 1932.

This 12 months’s Atlantic hurricane season has damaged the checklist for the variety of named storms. for only the second time on checklist officials have had to beginning the usage of the letters of the Greek alphabet to birth storm names after working out of names on its common alphabetical record.

Eta left as a minimum 200 americans dead. The worst-hit enviornment turned into Guatemala’s principal Alta Verapaz location, the place mudslides buried dozens of buildings within the village of Quejá, with some 100 americans feared dead. at least 50 deaths had been pronounced elsewhere in Guatemala.

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