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Hurricane Iota: Central America is expected to strengthen and storm expected early next week

Hurricane Iota: Central America is expected to strengthen and storm expected early next week
Iota, this Formed on Friday Ocean, concentrated in the Caribbean 440 miles east-southeast of the Nicaragua-Honduras border, winds with a maximum speed of 75 mph, ET Sunday at 2 p.m. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It is expected to strengthen rapidly in the next 24 hours.

Iota – the 13th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season – is expected to continue westward and landslides are expected somewhere in Central America near the Honduras-Nicaraguan border early Monday or Tuesday, CNN meteorologist Tyler Mouldin said.

According to the NHC, the storm is expected to be at or near large hurricane strength before landfall across Central America. A major hurricane is a hurricane with winds of at least 111 mph.

Nicaragua issues hurricane warning from Sandy Bay Sirpi to Honduras border, and Honduras issues hurricane warning from Nicaragua border to Punta Patuka.

2 to 3 feet of torrential rain in parts of those two countries, along with a deadly storm surge.

In addition to delivering harmful winds, the NHC said Iota could pour 8 to 16 inches of rain into Honduras, northern Nicaragua, eastern Guatemala and southern Belize until Thursday – bad news for the area affected by last week’s Eta hurricane.

The NHC forecast 4 to 8 inches of rain in Costa Rica, Panama and northern Colombia until Thursday, and 2 to 4 inches in El Salvador and southern Nicaragua during the same period.

The Colombian government on Saturday issued a tropical storm warning for the islands of San Andres and Providence.

“This rainfall (from Iota) can lead to significant, lethal flash floods and river flooding, with landslides breaking over high areas,” the NHC said.

This year’s Iota’s 30th hurricane in the Atlantic – The Most never For the Atlantic hurricane season.

Central America was devastated by Hurricane Eta

A Category 4 hurricane entered northern Nicaragua on November 3 and devastated the country and Honduras, Guatemala and Belize for days. It caused landslides and severe flooding and left Scores of dead or missing people.
In Central America, a devastating hurricane and an uncertain future
The full extent of the damage from Eta has not been known for some time. But a powerful storm Corona virus pandemic, Remember As one of the worst natural disasters To hit the area.
More than 3.6 million people in Central America have been affected by the Red Cross on various levels due to the storm Said earlier this week.

Prior to the storm, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala had poor public health systems fighting against Kovid-19.

In thousands of shelters, and social isolation is so difficult, many fear the disease will spread. Hospitals there now The burden must also be faced Facing storms and other flood-related illnesses, from dengue to cholera to yellow fever.
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CNN’s Ray Sanchez, Matt Rivers, Natalie Galen and Taylor Ward contributed to the report.