The 13th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season – moving westward and somewhere near the Honduras-Nicaragua border in Central America, is likely to land early Tuesday or early Tuesday, CNN meteorologist Tyler Mouldi said.
According to the NHC, these hurricanes are forecast to be close to or near the strength of major hurricanes before they make landfall in Central America. The main hurricane is a hurricane that is a hurricane with winds of at least 111 miles.
Nicaragua has issued a hurricane warning from Sandy Bay Sirpi to the Honduran border and Honduras has issued a hurricane warning from the Nicaraguan border to Punta Patuka.
It could rain as much as 2 to 3 feet, with fatal storms in parts of both countries.
In addition to delivering harmful winds, Iota could receive 8 to 16 inches of rain over Honduras, northern Nicaragua, eastern Guatemala and southern Belize by Thursday, the NHC said – unpredictable news for the region submerged by Hurricane Ata last week.
Costa Rica, Panama and Northern Colombia are expected to receive two to four inches of rain by Thursday, while El Salvador and southern Nicaragua are expected to receive 2 to 4 inches of rain over the same period, the NHC said.
The Colombian government on Saturday warned of tropical storms for the islands of San Andres and Providencia.
The NHC said the rains (from Iota) would lead to significant, deadly flash floods and river flooding, as well as landslides in highland areas.
Central America was devastated by Hurricane Erica
Prior to the storm, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala had poor public health systems battling Covid-19.
CNN’s Ray Sanchez, Matt Reverse, Natalie Galen and Taylor W. Ward contributed to the report.