Hurricane Iota slams Nicaragua as 2nd blow in 14 days

November 18, 2020
Hurricane Iota battered Nicaragua with screeching winds and pounding surf Tuesday, chasing thousands of people from their homes along the same stretch of the Caribbean coast that was first devastated by a great equally powerful hurricane just fourteen days ago.

The extent of the harm was unclear because much of the damaged region was without electricity and phone and internet service, and strong winds hampered radio transmissions.

Preliminary reports from the coast included toppled trees and electronic poles and roofs stripped from homes and businesses, reported Guillermo González, director of Nicaragua’s emergency management agency. A lot more than 40,000 persons were in shelters.

Four men and women and two minors are dead, according to Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo.

A lot more than 400,000 persons in Nicaragua were damaged by the storm since it made landfall close to Haulover, Tuesday as a good Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds close to 155 mph, in line with the NHC. 

Iota is currently considered the strongest storm going to Nicaragua in the country's record and has killed six people, based on the Nicaraguan government.

The affected region was without electricity and phone, and strong winds hampered radio transmissions.

By Tuesday afternoon, Iota had diminished to a tropical storm and was moving inland over northern Nicaragua. It had optimum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) and was spinning westward at 12 mph (19 kph). The storm was forecast to cross into southern Honduras overdue Tuesday.

Aid organizations struggled to reach their native contacts, and the federal government said on a statement that in least 35 towns in the east and north had very little phone provider. Nicaragua’s telecommunications ministry explained phone and broadband company Columbus Networks was offline due to flooding in Bilwi.

Along Honduras’ remote eastern coast Tuesday, persons continued evacuating from damaged and flooding homes.

In mountainous Tegucigalpa, residents of low-lying, flood-prone areas were being evacuated in anticipation of Iota’s rains, as were residents of hillside neighborhoods vulnerable to landslides.

Panama reported that one person was first killed and another missing found in its western indigenous autonomous Ngabe Bugle spot nearby the border with Costa Rica.

As the storm moved westward, flooding became a high concern. The Tola River topped its banks, and western Nicaragua, along the Pacific coast, was forecast to get the most rainfall. Nicaragua’s meteorology director, Marcio Baca, explained areas, where the soil was already saturated, would receive 6 to 7 inches of additional rain.

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