Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Iota closing in on Nicaragua

Hurricane Iota is expected to bring catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge, and torrential rainfall to Central America when it makes landfall in north-eastern Nicaragua tonight.

At 4pm EST, the centre of Hurricane Iota was located over the southwest Caribbean Sea about 55 miles (90 km) east-southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua and about 100 miles (165 km) south-southeast of Cabo Gracias A Dios on the Nicaragua / Honduras border.

The US National Hurricane Centre said Iota is moving toward the west near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is forecast through landfall.

(Photo: US National Hurricane Centre)

After landfall, a westward to west-south-westward motion is expected.

Iota’s maximum sustained winds are near 160 mph (260 km/h) with higher gusts.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km).

(Photo: US National Hurricane Centre)

The estimated minimum central pressure is 919 mb (27.14 inches) based on Air Force reconnaissance data.

Iota is forecast to continue to be a catastrophic category 5 hurricane when it approaches Central America tonight and rapid weakening is expected after landfall.

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