MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Category 4 Hurricane Iota made landfall Monday evening (11/16) at 9:40 PM CT near Haulover, Nicaragua. This is about 30 miles south of Puerto Cabezas. Iota roared ashore approximately 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall back on November 3rd. Iota brought catastrophic impacts to the coast and even though it has weakened, it will likely produce catastrophic flooding and mud-slides inland in Central America.
Iota is the 30th named storm of the 2020 season. This is the farthest we have ever gone through the Greek Alphabet. Iota is now the latest category 5 storm on record in the Atlantic. This is also the fifth year in a row the Atlantic Basin has produced at least 1 category 5. The storm will continue on a westward track through the weekend and early next week. Even as Iota weakens it will be a prolific rainmaker through Honduras and Guatemala.
We are also watching another area in the Caribbean that right now, has a low chance for development within 5 days. It is too early for any more details, but it is just something we are watching.