On November 17, at least 30 people were buried in a landslide in Macizo de Penas Blancas, and a boy was found buried. , The precursor tropical wave to Iota produced heavy rain across Venezuela's Falcón state, primarily in the Paraguaná Peninsula. Such high rainfall amounts will "lead to significant, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher terrain," the advisory warned. , Following restoration of communication with Providencia on November 16, President Duque pledged immediate aid to the island. Heavy rains associated with a tropical wave and Iota brought heavy rainfall to parts of Colombia, leading to flash flooding and mudslides. The National Hurricane Center warned of Iota's "potentially catastrophic" impact on parts of Central America. People in need of medications have not been able to get them. Iota then rapidly weakened as it moved inland, dissipating on November 18. , An estimated 70 percent of Cartagena saw flooding due to the direct effects of Iota, affecting an estimated 155,000 people.  This made Iota only the second November Category 5 Atlantic hurricane ever recorded as well as the latest recorded date of a storm becoming a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin. Iota is the second major hurricane this November, along with Hurricane Eta, which peaked as a category 4 storm with 150 mph winds early in November.  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It is the latest Category 5 hurricane to occur in the Atlantic on record. Local villagers carry a woman during an evacuation ahead of landfall of Hurricane Iota on November 16, 2020 in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. After growing to a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Iota weakened to a Category 4 as it made landfall in Nicaragua. , Heavy rains associated with a tropical wave and Iota caused extensive damage in Colombia. Downed trees and blocked paths have slowed down some rescue teams. More than 1,000 homes were damaged in the Atlántico Department: 693 in Malambo, 200 in Candelaria, and 150 in Carreto. By November 17, nearly half of the outages were restored. 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.  After struggling somewhat due to wind shear and dry air, Iota began to rapidly intensify over warm waters late on November 14, as convection started to wrap around the storm's center. , 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. "We are facing an issue with characteristics never before witnessed by our country.".  The government of Taiwan donated 800 tons of rice to the areas expected to be impacted by the storm. Mudslides caused extensive damage and multiple deaths. Iota is the latest in the season on record the Atlantic has had a Category 5. While the full extent of the damage from Eta won't be known for a while, the powerful storm, combined with the coronavirus pandemic, may have effects that last for years. Seawater rose up to 9.8 ft (3 m). Emergencies were declared for 29 municipalities in the Santander Department where multiple rivers topped their banks.  This marked the first time a Category 5 hurricane struck the country directly. Hurricane Iota gained even more strength in the Atlantic Ocean, as it prepared to make landfall. 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. , Officials in Panama said one person was killed in Nole Duima in the Ngäbe-Buglé Comarca. Category:Hurricane Iota. , Total damage from the storm is estimated at US$1.4 billion.  The rest of the coastline of Honduras, as well as the Bay Islands, were later put under tropical storm warnings on November 16. 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. Iota made landfall in Nicaragua as a "catastrophic" Category 5 hurricane Monday, threatening to deliver more drenching rains and fierce winds to …  After peaking in intensity, Iota's pressure fluctuated somewhat before it weakened slightly to a high-end Category 4 hurricane at 03:00 UTC on November 17 as the storm began to interact with land. #Iota is now a Category 5 #hurricane with max winds of 160 mph. 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.  At 03:40 UTC, Iota made landfall along the northeastern coast of Nicaragua, near the town of Haulover, with sustained winds of 155 mph (250 km/h) and a central pressure of 920 mb (27.17 inHg). #Iota is now a Category 5 #hurricane with max winds of 160 mph. In Wiwilí, fears arose over the safety of residents who evacuated into the mountains to escape flooding as numerous landslides occurred in the region. The food kits will be available until the government is able to provide adequate food support. , Tropical storm warnings were first issued for the Colombian islands of San Andrés and Providencia around midday on November 14. The storm was initially impacted by some wind shear, but a center relocation and relaxed shear allowed Iota to quickly strengthen into a hurricane on November 15, after which it underwent explosive intensification, becoming a Category 5 hurricane the following day. 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 produced heavy rainfall over portions of Honduras, causing a river to overflow in Tocoa. Blocked roads cut off access to 135 communities. , 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).  Numerous homes were damaged or destroyed by floods and landslides. Hurricane Iota surged to Category 4 strength Monday morning shortly before its expected to bring catastrophic winds to Central America, but could grow even more into a devastating Category 5 storm. Downed trees blocking the road hampered the effort. 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. Iota is just the second Atlantic category 5 hurricane recorded in November in the Atlantic, the other being the 1932 Cuba hurricane, at category 5 strength from November 5-8, 1932. Iota is expected to remain a catastrophic category 5 hurricane when it approaches the coast of Nicaragua tonight.  In Mexico, the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, and Veracruz all experienced effects from Iota's rainfall. Flooding reached a depth of 6 in (15 cm) at the Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport, preventing usage of the runways.  The relative lack of casualties in Providencia is attributed to residents adhering to warnings and seeking refuge in sturdy structures or interior bathrooms.  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. Flooding affected 10 municipalities within the Chocó Department; the town of Lloró was isolated after the only bridge to the community collapsed. Duque said Monday at least one person is dead on Providencia and 90% of the island's infrastructure has been affected by Iota. The storm recorded maximum sustained winds near 155 mph upon landfall. 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…  City officials converted the Coliseo de Combate into a shelter capable of accommodating 200 people. Iota is the latest Atlantic calendar year Category 5 hurricane on record. Two field hospitals and 4,000 tents were to be set up on the island. About Iota. 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. 8ºC/14ºF temperature increase inside the eye, along with notation of frequent lightning in the southwest eyewall and hail. Hurricane Iota's landfall location is approximately 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on November 3rd. A total of 497 people were affected in the community. Costa Rica and Panama should also see about 4 to 8 inches, with up to 12 inches possible in some areas. A Hurricane Hunters mission even reported hail at flight degree within the eyewall Sunday evening, nearly remarkable in hurricane eyewalls. The wave subsequently entered the Eastern Caribbeanby 06:00 UTC on November 10 and moved westward into a more conducive environment for development. 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. , 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.  Two people died in the San Pedro neighborhood when the motorcycle they were riding was swept into a canal. Several families were evacuated from Cimitarra due to rising water along the Carare River. Families will also receive purified water, face masks, blankets, buckets, plastic sheets, eggs and beef (the last two for preferred protein sources). 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. Damage reports, however, were extremely limited due to damage the area sustained previously from Hurricane Eta. Project HOPE has given shipments of Personal protective equipment, 50,000 masks, as well as items for the WASH project. By November 17, 700 people had relocated from their homes. , Nearly 44,000 homes suffered total or partial damage in Nicaragua, said Nicaraguan Finance Minister Ivan Acosta, estimating the storms have cost the country $743 million in losses, according to government media site El 19, Iota made landfall in Nicaragua as a high-end Category 4 hurricane near the town of Haulover, just south of Puerto Cabezas, on November 16, only 15 miles (25 km) south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall 13 days prior.  A van with two occupants disappeared when a landslide dragged the vehicle into the Atrato River. Iota is "forecast to bring catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge and torrential rainfall to Central America."  Teonela Paisano Wood, the mayor of Brus Laguna, stated concerns that continued rainfall pose a large threat to the town. Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as Category 4 major hurricane. Iota is the latest Atlantic calendar year Category 5 hurricane on record.  Total damage estimates for the hurricane are currently at $1.4 billion (2020 USD).. Iota is the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the year and only the second November hurricane to reach category five - the last was in 1932. CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the latest.  One person was killed and six were injured on the island.  An estimated 98–99 percent of structures on the island were damaged or destroyed, including buildings constructed in the 15th century.  The Government of Nicaragua opened 600 shelters and 63,000 people evacuated nationwide.  The landslides destroyed 67 homes and damaged 104 others as well as three schools. 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Approximately 100 vehicles were trapped by rockfalls along a road between Dabeiba and Urabá. Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 with 155 mph winds. 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. 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. Central Pacific Hurricane Center 2525 Correa Rd Suite 250 Honolulu, HI 96822 W-HFO.email@example.com The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies emphasized the risk of widespread flooding and landslides as soils were completely saturated.  The center of the hurricane's eye missed Providencia by 11 miles (18 km), but the storm still made a direct hit (rather than a landfall) on the island, causing damage described as "unprecedented" by President Iván Duque Márquez. , Nicaragua's power company, Enatrel, dispatched more than 100 crews to the Caribbean Coast to restore electricity. MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Hurricane Iota rapidly strengthened Monday into a Category 5 storm that is likely to bring catastrophic damage to the … People try to recover belongings amid mud after the passage of Hurricane Eta as they prepare to evacuate the Omonita neighborhood in El Progreso, Yoro department, Honduras. , On November 15–16, Iota passed close to the outlying Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina as a Category 5 hurricane. Planning for relief efforts soon followed, which include placing tents, opening temporary hospitals, and delivering food and water to those in need. Iota’s lightning shaped a steady wall that surrounded its eye, the so-called “enveloped eyewall lightning” signature that is a staple of a rapidly-intensifying storm. Rainfall accumulations throughout Central America are expected to be high, with Honduras, northern Nicaragua, Guatemala and southern Belize seeing between 8 and 16 inches and isolated accumulations of 20 to 30 inches possible in northeast Nicaragua and northern Honduras, according to the advisory. Hurricane Iota's landfall location is approximately 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on November 3rd. CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the latest. 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. 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 … Iota will be the second major hurricane in two weeks to strike C. America.  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. These reports were also limited due to most communications to Puerto Cabezas being knocked out during the storm. News Hurricane Iota reaches Central America as 'catastrophic' Category 4 storm. An estimated total of 5.2 million people were affected by the storm, while hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced.  Although debris covered runways at El Embrujo Airport, initially preventing aircraft from arriving or leaving, by November 17 it was operational enough to allow President Duque to visit and assess the damage of the island.  The wave subsequently entered the Eastern Caribbean by 06:00 UTC on November 10 and moved westward into a more conducive environment for development.  Two shelters were known to have lost their roof before communication was lost.  Just 40 minutes later, at 06:40 UTC, Iota reached Category 4 intensity.  A preliminary damage estimate places the damages at 12.3 billion córdobas ($352.5 million USD).  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. Hurricane Iota is a dangerous category four storm that is expected to dump heavy rains and bring life-threatening surge to Central America, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Monday.  On November 18, the Government of Colombia pledged 500 billion pesos (US$136 million) for recovery efforts in Bolívar and Cartagena. Iota made landfall in Nicaragua as a "catastrophic" Category 5 hurricane Monday, threatening to deliver more drenching rains and fierce winds to … Iota made landfall in Nicaragua late Monday as a powerful and "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane, bringing with it catastrophic winds … Hurricane Iota barreled into Nicaragua on Monday night as a Category 4 storm, as parts of Central America prepared for an onslaught of heavy rains, winds and flooding. Hurricane Iota strengthens to Category 5 as it nears Nicaragua. Updated 11:40 PM ET, Mon November 16, 2020. , Oxfam had to temporarily suspend operations across Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador related to Hurricane Eta to protect relief works. In the Silva municipality, flooding affected 288 homes.  Communications with San Andrés were temporarily lost during the storm and approximately 60 percent of the island lost power. Key Messages: 1.  The situation on the island was difficult to ascertain as of November 17, though the island's hospital was assumed destroyed or rendered inoperable. 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.  As many as 41 people are currently missing.  This also made Iota the strongest hurricane in recorded history to make landfall in Nicaragua within November. The depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Iota six hours later. The community of Santa Ana lost electrical service. Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as Category 4 major hurricane. Extreme winds and a life-threatening storm surge are expected along portions of the coast of northeastern Nicaragua, where a hurricane warning is in effect. 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 …  One person was killed on the island. 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, … Officials have reported that more than 4 million people have been affected by Eta and Iota. displaced thousands and left scores of people dead or missing. Extremely heavy rain fell on much of Nicaragua widening flash flooding caused by the hurricane's high storm surge. 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. A bridge collapse along the Chicamocha River isolated approximately 1,000 people in Carcasí and Enciso. Hurricane Iota made landfall at 10:40 p.m. EST in Nicaragua, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, about 2 mph shy of Category 5 status. , A total of 160,233 homes lost power in Nicaragua and 47,638 families lost water service.  Two children were swept away by a river in Santa Teresa, Carazo, while three other members of their family went missing; a sixth family member was rescued. 2. , The Government of El Salvador opened 1,000 shelters with a capacity for 30,000 people. Over the next few days, the wave began to become better organized and by November 13, it developed into a tropical depression north of Colombia.  Communication was lost with the island on November 16, lasting for over 20 hours.  Every home on the island suffered damage, with 80 percent being destroyed. , As of November 25, 2.5 million people had limited or no access to health services due to impacts.  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).  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. Civil Protection officials advised residents of possible flooding along the Matícora reservoir in Mauroa, the Barrancas river, and the Quebrada de Uca river. The Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport is expected to be remained closed until mid-December. Numerous power outages were restored in the days following Iota's destruction. Iota was a Category 5 storm with 160 mph … "It's the first time that a category 5 Hurricane has reached our territory since records began," Duque said during a national press conference from the Colombian capital of Bogota. 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