Honduran Forces Clear Highway After Hurricane Iota Makes Landfall in Central America

Tropical Storm Iota was about 75 miles east-southeast of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Tuesday afternoon, after making landfall in Nicaragua late on Monday, November 16, as a Category 4 hurricane.

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

This footage, posted by the Honduran Air Force on November 17, shows members of the armed forces clearing a road in the vicinity of La Ceiba, a city on Honduras’s northern coast, where strong winds and flooding were reported on Tuesday. Credit: Honduran Air Force via Storyful