Nicaragua braces for catastrophe as powerful storm makes landfall

Nicaragua braces for catastrophe as powerful storm makes landfall

Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua on Monday as a “catastrophic” Category 5 storm, threatening to deliver more drenching rains and fierce winds to areas devastated by a powerful storm just two weeks ago.

Authorities had been rushing to evacuate thousands of people from coastal areas of Nicaragua and Honduras, in the immediate path of the maximum-level hurricane.

“What’s drawing closer is a bo-mb,” Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said.

The storm had already left one person de-ad as it swept the Colombian Caribbean island territory of Providencia, where it caused widespread damage.

“This powerful hurricane Iota is already on the front line, it’s already on land”, said Marcio Baca, director of meteorology at the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (Ineter).

US forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned of “catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge and torrential rainfall… in Central America”.

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