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Warning: Hurricane Season’s 30th Storm Is Strongest Yet

This satellite image made available by NOAA shows Hurricane Iota in the North Atlantic Ocean on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at 07:11 EST. (NOAA via AP)

by Michael John Scott

Rapidly strengthening Monday into a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Iota, is likely to bring catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America already battered by a powerful Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago.

The potentially deadly hurricane has intensified over the western Caribbean on approach to Nicaragua and Honduras. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said US Air Force hurricane hunters flew into Iota’s core and measured maximum sustained winds of 160 mph.  It was centered about 100 miles east-southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, and moving westward at 9mph.

Authorities warned that Iota would probably come ashore over areas where Eta’s torrential rains had already saturated the soil, leaving it prone to new landslides and floods. The storm surge could reach a shocking 12 to 18 feet above normal tides.

Iota, the first Category 5 storm of the season, became a hurricane early Sunday and rapidly gained more power. The NHC warned it would probably reach the Central America mainland late Monday. Iota is a record 30th named storm of this year’s extraordinarily busy Atlantic hurricane season. It’s also the ninth storm to rapidly intensify this season, a dangerous phenomenon that is happening increasingly more often.

USA Today reports that according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach, this is the strongest storm ever recorded so late in hurricane season, which officially ends Nov. 30. (Read more hurricane stories.)

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3 Responses to Warning: Hurricane Season’s 30th Storm Is Strongest Yet

  1. Bill Formby Reply

    November 17, 2020 at 10:22 am

    If Iota were to turn into the gulf and head for mainland U.S., they may become believers. I hope it doesn’t because the Gulf Coast has had about all it can handle for this year

  2. Linda Reply

    November 16, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    There are still people who don’t believe in global warming, but those are the same people that don’t believe that Joe Biden won the election.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      November 16, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      You are exact;y right Linda. Ignorance in America is shocking.

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