Category 5 Hurricane Iota Ready to Make Landfall on Nicaragua, Central America
By The Weather Channel // November 16, 2020
max sustained winds up to 160 mph
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(TWC) – Hurricane Iota is nearing Central America as a dangerous Category 5, where it will bring potentially catastrophic rainfall flooding, mudslides, storm surge and damaging winds for the second time in two weeks.
Late Monday morning, Iota became only the second Category 5 hurricane on record in November and the record latest-in-season hurricane ever to reach that intensity in the Atlantic Basin.
The 1932 Cuba hurricane reached Category 5 intensity from November 5-8.
The upgrade to Category 5 intensity was based on both satellite intensity estimates and a Hurricane Hunter mission, which measured flight level and surface winds sufficiently strong enough.
Hurricane warnings have been issued for portions of Nicaragua and Honduras, where hurricane conditions are expected by later Monday.
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