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Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua

The mighty meteor has maximum sustained winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour; made landfall near the Haulover community, home to about 350 families

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Managua.- The powerful hurricane Iota, of category 4 -of a maximum of 5- made landfall on Monday night near Haulover, on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, with maximum sustained winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour, reported the National Hurricane Center of the United States.

Iota made landfall around 9:40 p.m. local time (03:40 on Tuesday GMT) in that coastal community, 45 kilometers south of Bilwi (Puerto Cabezas) and 155 kilometers south-southwest of Cape Gracias a Dios, which marks the border between Nicaragua and Honduras.

In Haulover there are about 350 families with 1,750 people, mostly indigenous people of Miskito origin, a community dedicated to artisanal fishing and tourism.

The hurricane is now moving west at 15 kilometers per hour with maximum sustained winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour.

The point where Iota made landfall is 15 kilometers south of where Eta, also category 4, made it on November 3.

The National Hurricane Center warned of « storm surges that can endanger lives, catastrophic winds, flash floods and landslides » through Central America as a result of the hurricane.

Forecasters predict a « rapid weakening » of Iota, which is expected to dissipate this Wednesday.

The hurricane reached Nicaragua after its devastating passage through the Colombian archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina.

The eye of the hurricane, at that time category 5, fully impacted Providencia, which was cut off for more than 14 hours during which the entire Colombia was in suspense due to the fate of the inhabitants of that part of the archipelago.

Upon regaining communication, the island’s mayor, Jorge Norberto Gari Hooker, reported at least one death and serious damage to 98% of its infrastructure.

The 17-square-kilometer island has about 5,000 inhabitants and is closest to Nicaragua than to the continental coast of Colombia.

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