Nov. 17 (UPI) — Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua late Monday as an “extraordinarily harmful” Class four storm, forecasters stated, because it thrashed the nation already reeling from earlier storms this season with catastrophic winds and torrential rain.

The Nationwide Hurricane Middle stated Iota made landfall alongside the northeastern coast of Nicaragua close to the city of Haulover at about 10:40 p.m. EST Monday with sustained winds close to 155 mph with expectations that it’ll trigger a life-threatening storm surge, flash flooding and landslides throughout Central America.

A hurricane warning has been issued for elements of the shoreline in Nicaragua and Honduras.

Moreover Iota, Eta was the latest main hurricane within the Atlantic and was among the many prime 5 strongest storms to ever hit the nation.

Iota made landfall about 15 miles south of the place Hurricane Eta hit as a Class four storm on Nov. 3.

Central America continues to be going through a humanitarian disaster following Eta’s lethal blow. Thousands and thousands are enduring harmful circumstances in Eta’s wake — with considerations over waterborne illnesses and COVID-19 complicating restoration. And the scenario may change into much more dire as Iota creeps towards the coast.

Iota is forecast to choose up some ahead pace and proceed to maneuver west towards the border of Honduras and Nicaragua. Alongside the best way, heavy rainfall will inundate northern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela, in addition to southern Jamaica.

It is just the second time in historical past the nation has beeb hit by two hurricanes in a single season. The final time it occurred was in 1971, with Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Edith.

In actual fact, that is the primary time the NHC has ever gotten this far into the Greek alphabet throughout a tropical season.

Iota is the sixth main hurricane of the season. 5 different main hurricanes churned within the Atlantic this season: Laura, Teddy, Delta, Epsilon and Eta.

This 12 months set the file for probably the most tropical storms to be named in a single Atlantic hurricane season as Theta grew to become the 29th tropical storm of the season earlier this week.