Iota — the 13th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season — is anticipated to proceed heading west and make landfall someplace in Central America, doubtlessly close to the Honduras-Nicaragua border by late Monday or early Tuesday, CNN meteorologist Tyler Mauldin stated.
The storm is forecast to be at or close to main hurricane power prior to making landfall throughout Central America, in accordance to the NHC. A serious hurricane is a hurricane with winds of at the very least 111 mph.
Nicaragua has issued a hurricane warning from Sandy Bay Sirpi to the border with Honduras, and Honduras issued a hurricane warning from from the border of Nicaragua to Punta Patuca.
Parts of these two international locations might obtain torrential rain totals of two to Three ft, together with life-threatening storm surge.
Besides delivering damaging winds, Iota might drop 8 to 16 inches of rain on Honduras, northern Nicaragua, jap Guatemala and southern Belize via Thursday, the NHC stated — unwelcome information for a area pummeled by Hurricane Eta final week.
Costa Rica, Panama and northern Colombia might obtain 4 to Eight inches of rain via Thursday, whereas El Salvador and southern Nicaragua might get 2 to Four inches in the identical interval, the NHC stated.
Colombia’s authorities on Saturday issued a tropical storm warning for the islands of San Andres and Providencia.
“This rainfall (from Iota) would lead to significant, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain,” the NHC stated.
Central America devastated by Hurricane Eta
Even earlier than the storm, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala had poor public well being methods that have been struggling in opposition to Covid-19.
CNN’s Ray Sanchez, Matt Rivers, Natalie Gallón and Taylor Ward contributed to this report.