Tropical Storm Iota poses a potentially catastrophic flood and mudslide threat to Central America after making landfall in northern Nicaragua as a strong Category 4 hurricane late Monday night.
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Iota made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph at 10:40 p.m. EST on Monday near the town of Haulover, Nicaragua, or about 30 miles south of Puerto Cabezas, the National Hurricane Center said. The landfall location of Iota was just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall as a Category 4 earlier this month on Nov. 3.
Winds of 124 mph and damaged roofs were reported in Wilbi, Nicaragua, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Puerto Cabezas Airport in northern Nicaragua clocked a wind gust to 113 mph late Monday night as Iota was making landfall.
Video posted in social media showed roofs being ripped off some homes and buildings in Puerto Cabezas late Monday.
Flooding rainfall and mudslides are the biggest dangers for Central America now that Iota is weakening as it moves farther inland, including in areas that were devastated by Eta’s heavy rain earlier this month.
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