FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Hurricane Iota made landfall near the town of Haulover, Nicaragua Monday night as a high end Category 4 with winds near 155 mph.
Unfortunately, Iota made landfall 15 miles from where Eta made landfall on November 3, 2020 as a Category 4 hurricane.
The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm late Tuesday but the impacts from the storm are widespread.
Iota battered Nicaragua and Honduras, where some communities are still submerged in high water from Hurricane Eta two weeks ago.
Las inundaciones en esta localidad ya son visibles. pic.twitter.com/fdRT8ldda4
— CD-SINAPRED Oficial (@cdsinapred) November 17, 2020
Eta hovered over Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala for days and dumped over three feet of rain which caused major flooding and landslides.
According to CD-SINAPARED, Nicaragua’s emergency management, approximately 99.5% of the properties on the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast are without electricity.
The agency tweeted an image of many trees snapped and buildings heavily damaged.
— CD-SINAPRED Oficial (@cdsinapred) November 18, 2020
The remnants of Iota will continue to bring heavy rainfall to Central America through Thursday.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding is expected through Thursday across portions of Central America due to heavy rainfall from the remnants of Iota.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) November 18, 2020
Flooding and mudslides across portions of Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala could be exacerbated by saturated soils in place, resulting in significant to potentially catastrophic impacts.
The remnants will pull away from Central America late Wednesday.