The predicted storm surge along the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras will be accompanied by "large and destructive waves," along with swells that cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions," according to the advisory. A preliminary estimate for the damage in Nicaragua is at $564 million (2020 USD) in that country. The storm hovered for days over Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, with heavy rains creating flooding and landslides that wiped entire communities off the map. Central America braced for its second major hurricane in as many weeks as Hurricane Iota, now a record-setting Category 5 storm, roared ashore in Nicaragua Monday night. News Hurricane Iota reaches Central America as 'catastrophic' Category 4 storm. [70], Iota produced heavy rainfall over portions of Honduras, causing a river to overflow in Tocoa. [35] Duque pledged 150 billion pesos (US$41 million) for infrastructure repair. [31] Three hours later, a hurricane watch was issued for Providencia, as well as along the coast of Northern Nicaragua and Eastern Honduras, with a tropical storm watch also issued for Central Honduras. A landslide in Carmen de Atrato killed one person when his home was buried. A fast-strengthening Hurricane Iota intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm as it swept over the western Caribbean. Category:Hurricane Iota. Another person was missing in Soloy, also in the region. The storm recorded maximum sustained winds near 155 mph upon landfall. Duque stated that a plan for the complete reconstruction of Providencia's infrastructure was to be drawn up within 100 days and that all of the destroyed housing would be rebuilt by 2022. Hurricane Iota has made landfall in Nicaragua as a powerful, potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm. Iota is the latest Atlantic calendar year Category 5 hurricane on record. A bridge collapse along the Chicamocha River isolated approximately 1,000 people in Carcasí and Enciso. [20] At 15:00 UTC, Iota intensified further to reach its peak intensity as a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 160 mph (260 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 917 mb (27.08 inHg). In Wiwilí, fears arose over the safety of residents who evacuated into the mountains to escape flooding as numerous landslides occurred in the region. Iota is the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the year and only the second November hurricane to reach category five - the last was in 1932. Old record was November 8 by the Cuba Hurricane of 1932. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies emphasized the risk of widespread flooding and landslides as soils were completely saturated. [76], Nicaragua's power company, Enatrel, dispatched more than 100 crews to the Caribbean Coast to restore electricity. Numerous power outages were restored in the days following Iota's destruction. [65] An amateur radio from Club de Radio-Experimentadores de Nicaragua (CREN) reported winds of 124 mph (200 km/h) winds and damaged roofs, although it was unclear whether these were sustained winds or wind gusts. More than 1,000 homes were damaged in the Atlántico Department: 693 in Malambo, 200 in Candelaria, and 150 in Carreto. On November 3. The 31st and final tropical cyclone, 30th named storm, 13th hurricane, and sixth major hurricane of the record-breaking 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Iota originated as a tropical wave that moved into the Eastern Caribbean on November 10. [53], On November 15–16, Iota passed close to the outlying Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina as a Category 5 hurricane. Hurricane "Iota" strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane -- peak winds of 260 km/h (160 mph) -- on November 16, 2020, as it was passing over the Colombian Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, making it the strongest tropical cyclone of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the strongest-ever to hit Colombia. 4", "31st tropical depression of record season to form, Eta chills out as an extratropical low", "Tropical Depression Thirty-One Advisory Number 1", "Tropical Storm Iota Discussion Number 2", "Tropical Storm Iota Intermediate Advisory Number 5A", "Hurricane Iota Intermediate Advisory Number 7A", "Hurricane Iota Intermediate Advisory Number 10A", "Hurricane Iota Intermediate Advisory Number 11A", "Some wild reports from the 16 mile wide eye of major #Hurricane #Iota. [67] Torrential rains on already saturated soils led to extensive flooding and landslides. The local airport is also unusable because of debris, Duque said. [1][2][3][4] As many as 41 people are currently missing. [7], Spreading of disease, ranging from colds and skin rashes to gastrointestinal problems has become much more common. [41] A state of emergency was declared for a year. A hurricane warning is in effect for the coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras/Nicaragua border to Sandy Bay Sirpi, and the northeastern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Nicaragua border, according to the hurricane center. [50][49][43] Eight people were rescued from the rubble. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Iota will be the second major hurricane to hit the area in as many weeks. [49] The worst damage took place in the Mohán sector of Dabeiba where landslides killed three people, injured 20, and left eight others missing. About Iota. Planning for relief efforts soon followed, which include placing tents, opening temporary hospitals, and delivering food and water to those in need. Iota had intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm early in the day, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it weakened slightly to Category 4, … A Hurricane Hunters mission even reported hail at flight degree within the eyewall Sunday evening, nearly remarkable in hurricane eyewalls. Hurricane Iota made landfall in northern Nicaragua Monday night as a Category 4 storm, bringing life-threatening storm surge to the coast. [40] Communication was lost with the island on November 16, lasting for over 20 hours. [67], Operation USA began preparations for relief efforts on November 17. [66] In Mexico, the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, and Veracruz all experienced effects from Iota's rainfall. The community of Santa Ana lost electrical service. Hurricane Iota continued to quickly strengthen as it tracked toward Central America on Sunday. [26] The roof was torn off of a makeshift hospital that was serving as a replacement to an older hospital, requiring an evacuation of the patients there. [25], Iota then rapidly weakened as it moved over the mountainous terrain of Central America, falling below major hurricane status at 09:00 UTC on November 17, and below hurricane status at 18:00 UTC. [26][27] The inner core of the weakening system was disrupted as it moved through Honduras, and Iota weakened to a tropical depression on November 18 at 09:00 UTC, as it entered El Salvador. Iota is expected to remain a catastrophic category 5 hurricane when it approaches the coast of Nicaragua tonight. [50], An estimated 70 percent of Cartagena saw flooding due to the direct effects of Iota,[51] affecting an estimated 155,000 people. This season’s strongest storm yet is expected to hit the Nicaraguan coast in the same area that was hit by Hurricane Eta two weeks ago. Swells will be felt from Central America to the Yucatan Peninsula, as far east as Jamaica and as far south as Colombia. 185,000 people have been displaced. Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as Category 4 major hurricane. Hurricane Iota made landfall as a Category 5 storm in Colombia on Monday, killing one person and damaging at least 98% of the infrastructure in the island of Providencia. 8ºC/14ºF temperature increase inside the eye, along with notation of frequent lightning in the southwest eyewall and hail. Iota developed later in the season than any other Category 5 storm on record, beating a November 8, 1932, Cuba hurricane, said Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. [17] They also found intense lightning in Iota's southwest eyewall along with hail, which is extremely rare for a hurricane, given the warm temperatures that are present in those storms. Late on November 11, the wave started to become better organized, and by 15:00 UTC on November 13, it had developed into Tropical Depressio… Iota made landfall in Nicaragua late Monday as a powerful and "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane, bringing with it catastrophic winds … At 18:00 UTC on November 8, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) began to monitor the Central Caribbean for a tropical wave forecasted to enter the area and potentially become a low-pressure area within a few days. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Providencia, while San Andres is under a hurricane watch, the hurricane center said. Dozens of people in the remote Guatemalan village of San Cristobal remain missing after a landslide swept through last week, leaving mud 50 feet deep in some places. The depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Iota six hours later. Two field hospitals and 4,000 tents were to be set up on the island. [36] Some residents feared starvation while residing in shelters as Eta largely destroyed the region's crops. CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the latest. Mudslides caused extensive damage and multiple deaths. Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as Category 4 major hurricane. 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[6], The precursor tropical wave to Iota produced heavy rain across Venezuela's Falcón state, primarily in the Paraguaná Peninsula. The storm made landfall near the town of Haulover at 10:40 p.m. EST with sustained winds near 155 mph, according to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Iota gained even more strength in the Atlantic Ocean, as it prepared to make landfall. MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Hurricane Iota rapidly strengthened Monday into a Category 5 storm that is likely to bring catastrophic damage to the … [68] On November 23 a passenger truck plunged off a road in a mountainous area that had been devastated by Iota, an accident which caused the deaths of 17 people and 25 injuries. [75], Following restoration of communication with Providencia on November 16, President Duque pledged immediate aid to the island. Eta’s torrential rains saturated the soil in the region, leaving it prone to new landslides and floods, and that the storm surge could reach 15 to … Iota intensified into a category 5 storm on Monday afternoon but weakened as it approached the Nicaraguan coastline. The storm … Project HOPE has given shipments of Personal protective equipment, 50,000 masks, as well as items for the WASH project. [5], Together Eta and Iota have killed around 100 Hondurans and local analysts estimate the damage will cost the country more than 10 billion dollars (L244.1 billion). By November 17, 700 people had relocated from their homes. At least 61 people were killed due to Iota including at least 28 in Nicaragua and 16 in Honduras, among other countries. [43] Two people died in the San Pedro neighborhood when the motorcycle they were riding was swept into a canal. Hurricane Iota rapidly strengthened Monday into a Category 5 storm that is likely to bring catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America already battered by a powerful Hurricane … https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/16/weather/hurricane-iota-monday "We are facing an issue with characteristics never before witnessed by our country.". Hurricane Iota made landfall in northern Nicaragua Monday night as a Category 4 storm, bringing life-threatening storm surge to the coast. 1,000 hygiene kits, which include laundry soap, hand and dish soap, bleach, and toilet paper will be given. [18][19] Just 40 minutes later, at 06:40 UTC, Iota reached Category 4 intensity. [32][33] The rest of the coastline of Honduras, as well as the Bay Islands, were later put under tropical storm warnings on November 16. [54][63] Communications with San Andrés were temporarily lost during the storm and approximately 60 percent of the island lost power. Hurricane Iota made landfall as a Category 5 storm in Colombia on Monday, killing one person and damaging at least 98% of the infrastructure in the island of Providencia. Central Pacific Hurricane Center 2525 Correa Rd Suite 250 Honolulu, HI 96822 W-HFO.webmaster@noaa.gov Iota had intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm early in the day, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it weakened slightly to Category 4, … Tropical cyclone watches and warnings were first issued on November 14 in parts of Colombia, Nicaragua, and Honduras, with the latter two countries still recovering from Eta just two weeks prior. The Instituto Nicaragüense de Telecomunicaciones y Correos|es reported loss of telephone service to 35 communities. [15][16], By 06:00 UTC on November 16, hurricane hunters discovered that Iota had become a high-end Category 3 major hurricane, marking the first time that two major hurricanes were recorded in November. Hurricane Iota was the latest Atlantic hurricane to attain Category 5 intensity and only the second Category 5 Atlantic hurricane to occur within the month of November on record—the other being the 1932 Cuba hurricane. The National Hurricane Center warned of Iota's "potentially catastrophic" impact on parts of Central America. Iota is "forecast to bring catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge and torrential rainfall to Central America." Orkaan Iota was categorie 5 orkaan die in Centraal-Amerika aan land kwam. Updated 11:40 PM ET, Mon November 16, 2020. At least 28 people died in relation to the hurricane while 29 others are missing. [61] The relative lack of casualties in Providencia is attributed to residents adhering to warnings and seeking refuge in sturdy structures or interior bathrooms. [47] Some flooding occurred in the state of Miranda. [41] Although debris covered runways at El Embrujo Airport, initially preventing aircraft from arriving or leaving,[41] by November 17 it was operational enough to allow President Duque to visit and assess the damage of the island. News November 17, 2020 Hurricane Iota slams Central America as Category 4 The powerful storm made landfall overnight just 15 miles from where Eta … It is the latest Category 5 hurricane to occur in the Atlantic on record. The passenger terminal experienced severe damages, and estimated repair times are more than a month. More than 3.6 million people across Central America have been affected by the storm to varying degrees, the Red Cross said earlier this week. Nicaraguan Navy sailors help evacuate people from the Karata and Wawa Bar communities ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Iota in Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua Sunday. Heavy rains associated with a tropical wave and Iota brought heavy rainfall to parts of Colombia, leading to flash flooding and mudslides. Iota will be the second major hurricane in two weeks to strike C. America. [55][41] This marked the first time a Category 5 hurricane struck the country directly. The food kits will be available until the government is able to provide adequate food support. [2] Landslides were the primary cause of fatalities; one in San Manuel Colohete killed eight people and another in Los Trapiches killed five people. Iota made landfall in northeastern Nicaragua at 10:40 p.m. Eastern time Monday as a Category 4 storm, with wind speeds up to about 155 miles per hour, according to the hurricane … Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 with 155 mph winds. 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Officials have reported that more than 4 million people have been affected by Eta and Iota. Iota made landfall in Nicaragua as a "catastrophic" Category 5 hurricane Monday, threatening to deliver more drenching rains and fierce winds to … CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the latest. Iota made landfall in northeastern Nicaragua at 10:40 p.m. Eastern time Monday as a Category 4 storm, with wind speeds up to about 155 miles per hour, according to the hurricane center. Iota came ashore just 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall Nov. 3, also as a Category 4 storm. Hurricane Iota, the second Category 4 landfall in less than two weeks in Central America, unleashed destructive winds, more inundating rain and storm … [36] On November 17, at least 30 people were buried in a landslide in Macizo de Penas Blancas, and a boy was found buried. [54] The situation on the island was difficult to ascertain as of November 17, though the island's hospital was assumed destroyed or rendered inoperable. [60] Opposition to Duque criticized him for not evacuating Providencia ahead of the storm. [24] This also made Iota the strongest hurricane in recorded history to make landfall in Nicaragua within November. [14] All of the watches were eventually upgraded to warnings, with an additional hurricane watch for San Andrés as well as a tropical storm warning for south central Nicaragua. [21], Oxfam had to temporarily suspend operations across Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador related to Hurricane Eta to protect relief works. [66], A total of 160,233 homes lost power in Nicaragua and 47,638 families lost water service. Powerful winds uprooted numerous trees, some of which fell on homes, and several homes lost their roof. Hurricane Iota makes landfall as Category 5 storm. At 18:00 UTC on November 8, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) began to monitor the Central Caribbean for a tropical wave forecasted to enter the area and potentially become a low-pressure area within a few days. The next day, four more bodies were recovered, including one of a baby. Iota has rapidly intensified into a Category 4. Downed trees and blocked paths have slowed down some rescue teams. [60] Every home on the island suffered damage, with 80 percent being destroyed. Hurricane Iota rapidly strengthened Monday into a Category 5 storm that is likely to bring catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America already battered by a powerful Hurricane … The maximum sustained winds in Iota hit 160 mph at 10 a.m. EST on Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Blocked roads cut off access to 135 communities. [43] A van with two occupants disappeared when a landslide dragged the vehicle into the Atrato River. 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