Chef Jose Andres Delivers Food and Water in Honduras as Tropical Storm Iota Approaches

Storm Iota was expected to move north into Honduras after making landfall in Nicaragua late on Monday November 16. Iota is the second hurricane to hit Central America this month.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported sustained winds of nearly 155 mph when the storm hit the northeastern coast of Nicaragua on Monday, only 15 miles from the spot where Hurricane Eta made landfall on November 3.

Eta caused at least 200 deaths in Central America and Mexico, according to reports.

Local authorities fear more rain and landslides caused by Iota in areas already left waterlogged by Eta. Iota is the 30th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season – the most ever recorded.

Though Hurricane Iota “rapidly” weakened overnight, the storm could still produce “catastrophic” flash flooding and mudslides across Central America through Thursday, according to the NHC.

This footage shows chef Jose Andres of World Central Kitchen unloading food and water in Urraco, Honduras, prior to Iota’s arrival. Urraco is located near the Atlantic coast of the country. Credit: World Central Kitchen via Storyful