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Hurricane Iota brings catastrophic winds and likely life-threatening flooding just miles from where Eta made landfall

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Hurricane Iota has barreled into a Central America still recovering from Eta, and is bringing with it the possibility of "life-threatening" flooding, catastrophic winds and mudslides.

(CNN)Hurricane Iota has barreled into a Central America still recovering from Eta, and is bringing with it the possibility of "life-threatening" flooding, catastrophic winds and mudslides.

Swells from the storm will be felt from Central America to the Yucat√°n Peninsula, as far east as Jamaica and as far south as Colombia, but its landfall was just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta struck, potentially leaving the region scarred for generations.

The storm reached Category 5 strength, but made landfall near the town of Haulover, Nicaragua, at 10:40 p. m. EST as a Category 4, with maximum sustained winds near 155 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

River and flash flooding may soon follow along with dangerous storm surge that is likely to bring water levels up by as much as 10 to 15 feet, the National Hurricane Center said in a 1 a. m. alert.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for the coast of Nicaragua from its border with Honduras to Sandy Bay Sirpi, as well as the coast of northeastern Honduras, the NHC said.

Though the storm struck Central America with devastating impact, it is expected to weaken after landfall and then dissipate over the region by Wednesday night.

Before reaching Nicaragua, the hurricane became the first of its strength to strike the Colombian Islands of San Andres and Providencia in recorded history, Colombia President Ivan Duque said Monday.

Duque said Monday at least one person is dead on Providencia and 90% of the island's infrastructure has been affected by Iota.

"It's the first time that a Category 5 Hurricane has reached our territory since records began," Duque said during a national news conference from the Colombian capital of Bogota.

On November 3, Hurricane Eta made landfall as a Category 4 storm, causing landslides and flooding that displaced thousands and left scores of people dead or missing.

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.

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