"But my mom and my grandmother have some things, and that's why we're living here, to be closer to the house and keep them from stealing the few little things they have left.". November 13, 2020 at 9:12 p.m. UTC Tropical Storm Iota formed in the eastern Caribbean on Friday afternoon, set to become a powerful major hurricane and … Monday, November 16th, 2020. The island has no direct flights to the continent, but it has become an increasingly popular tourist destination thanks to its quiet beaches and rich marine life. Swells will be felt from Central America to the Yucatan Peninsula, as far east as Jamaica and as far south as Colombia. Nicaragua's telecommunications ministry said phone and broadband provider Columbus Networks was offline because of flooding in Bilwi. Providencia is inhabited almost exclusively by the descendants of African slaves and British colonizers, who speak an English version of Creole as their native language. By Agency Report On Nov 16, 2020 11:34 AM. November 16, 2020 Heading to directly hit the Nicaraguan coast, Hurricane Iota strengthened this Sunday and its level is expected to increase even more. Hurricane Iota tore across Nicaragua on Tuesday, hours after roaring ashore as a Category 4 storm along almost exactly the same stretch of the Caribbean coast that was recently devastated by an equally powerful hurricane. Tropical Depression Iota developed into a category 4 hurricane while continuing its path through the Caribbean Sea towards the northeastern coast of Nicaragua and southeastern Honduras, where it is expected to hit in the afternoon or night on Monday. Hurricane Iota was the latest Atlantic hurricane to attain Category 5 intensity and only the second Category 5 Atlantic hurricane to occur within the month of November on record—the other being the 1932 Cuba hurricane. "We are facing an incredible emergency," Wood said. Online News Editor November 15, 2020. Iota became the 13th hurricane of the season, two shy of the record 15 set in 2005 but the record-breaking 30th named storm of this season. Hurricane Iota is continuing to strengthen in the central Caribbean, well on its way to likely Category 3 or 4 strength. A hurricane warning is in effect for the coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras/Nicaragua border to Sandy Bay Sirpi, and the northeastern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Nicaragua border, according to the hurricane center. Mirna Wood, vice president of the Miskito ethnic group in Honduras' far east Gracias a Dios region, was in Tegucigalpa collecting donations for her community ravaged by Eta when Iota hit. (CNN)Hurricane Iota has made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 major hurricane after pummeling the Colombian islands of San Andres and Providencia. Iota is projected to hit the Colombian island of Providencia by late Sunday and is expected to rapidly strengthen into a major hurricane … Iota caused severe damage to areas of Central America already devastated by Hurricane Eta just less than two weeks prior. Such high rainfall amounts will "lead to significant, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher terrain," the advisory warned. Hurricane Iota hits Colombia. RELATED: Tropical Depression No. Hurricane Iota gained 112 kilometres per hour (70 mph) in strength in 24 hours, going from 140 km/h (85 mph) on Sunday morning to a monstrous … Colombian President Ivan Duque said one person was killed and 98% of the island's infrastructure was "affected.". "It's the first time that a category 5 Hurricane has reached our territory since records began," Duque said during a national press conference from the Colombian capital of Bogota. In the aftermath of Eta, Honduras has tens of thousands of homeless people. Iota is stronger, based on central pressure, than 2005′s Hurricane Katrina and is the first storm with a Greek alphabet name to hit Category 5, Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach said. Rainfall accumulations throughout Central America are expected to be high, with Honduras, northern Nicaragua, Guatemala and southern Belize seeing between 8 and 16 inches and isolated accumulations of 20 to 30 inches possible in northeast Nicaragua and northern Honduras, according to the advisory. CNN's Madeline Holcombe, Gene Norman and Robert Shackelford contributed to this report. In the community of Brus Laguna, some 500 people were in a shelter there and another 900 were being moved elsewhere, Mayor Teonela Paisano Wood said. This week it was inundated again as Hurricane Iota struck. Total damage from the storm is estimated at US$1.4 billion. Iota comes after Hurricane Eta and Tropical Storm Theta. TWEET. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Iota could bring dangerous wind, storm surge and as much as 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rainfall to … More than 3.6 million people across Central America have been affected by the storm to varying degrees, the Red Cross said earlier this week. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Providencia, while San Andres is under a hurricane watch, the hurricane center said. Hurricane Iota’s development also cements 2020 as the second most active hurricane season on record behind 2005. On Tuesday, Colombian officials said they were sending a ship with 15 tons of aid to the island. The country reported 74 deaths and nearly 57,000 people in shelters, mostly in the north. Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 storm, with the Central American region bracing for potentially catastrophic rainfall, flooding, mudslides, a storm surge, and damaging winds. Iota is the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the year and only the second November hurricane to reach category five – the last was in 1932. It became a dangerous Category 3 hurricane early Monday, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned it would probably reach Category 4 strength as it approached the Central America mainland late Monday. The storm has since weakened, and as of 9 p.m. CST Tuesday, Iota was packing only 40-mph winds about 25 miles south-southwest of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the National Hurricane … Iota is also the first Category 5 storm of the hurricane season. It’s the second major hurricane to hit the region in two weeks. / CBS/AP. Later, Nicaragua Vice President and first lady Rosario Murillo said that a brother and sister, ages 11 and 8, had drowned in the community of La Pinuela trying to cross the swollen Solera River. Copyright © 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. People try to recover belongings amid mud after the passage of Hurricane Eta as they prepare to evacuate the Omonita neighborhood in El Progreso, Yoro department, Honduras. “It is likely that the heavy rainfall from Iota, through Thursday, will lead to life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding in parts of northern Colombia and Central America,” the NHC warned. Hurricane "Iota" strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane -- peak winds of 260 km/h (160 mph) -- on November 16, 2020, as it was passing over the Colombian Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, making it the strongest tropical cyclone of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the strongest-ever to hit Colombia. "We're in danger if it keeps raining," Paisano Wood said. © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. Record-breaking Iota became the Category 5 hurricane to develop in the Atlantic basin the latest in the year — November 16 — in any hurricane season on record since 1851. On November 3. Iota considered the strongest hurricane in history to hit Nicaragua, government says By Madeline Holcombe , Amir Vera , Eliott C. McLaughlin , CNN Updated 0320 GMT (1120 HKT) November 18, … Hurricane Iota winds measured at 155 mph making it the ‘strongest hurricane of 2020 Atlantic season’ and 1 mph below Category 5. On Monday, Wendy Guadalupe Contreras Paz, 34, was living under a tarp with her four children and seven other relatives along a main boulevard in La Lima. A day earlier, Iota intensified into a Category 5 storm, but it weakened as it neared the coast and made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. The Miskito region straddling Honduras and Nicaragua raced to get people to safety before a forecast direct hit from Iota. Australia to kill pigeon that crossed Pacific Ocean from Oregon, Past COVID infection provides at least 5 months of immunity, study shows, Tower of London raven goes missing, feared dead, California Privacy/Information We Collect. Hurricane Iota wreaks havoc in Colombia, moves toward San Andrés. Updated 0440 GMT (1240 HKT) November 17, 2020. Hurricane Iota powers up in new threat to Central America A fast-strengthening Hurricane Iota is sweeping over the western Caribbean and predicted to become a very … In Honduras, officials said at least 50,000 people had been removed from high-risk areas. It also sets the record for the latest Category 5 hurricane on record, beating the record set by the Nov. 8, 1 932, Cuba Hurricane. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, on Monday night that the hurricane makes landfall in northern Nicaragua. The predicted storm surge along the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras will be accompanied by "large and destructive waves," along with swells that cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions," according to the advisory. The storm made landfall near the town of Haulover at 10:40 p.m. EST with sustained winds near 155 mph, according to an advisory from the … HURRICANE IOTA is now a category five storm in the Atlantic Ocean; the first in 2020. Iota … Hurricane Iota forecast to hit storm-ravaged Central America as a major storm By Jason Hanna and Alanne Orjoux, CNN 11/15/2020 Louisville police … Panama reported that one person was killed and another missing in its western indigenous autonomous Ngabe Bugle area near the border with Costa Rica. BACK TO QUESTIONS. Such activity has focused attention on climate change, which scientists say is causing wetter, stronger and more destructive storms. It also sets the record for the latest Category 5 hurricane on record, beating the record set by the Nov. 8, 1932, Cuba Hurricane. It makes you want to cry. More than 40,000 people were in shelters. Yahoo News. Preliminary reports from the coast included toppled trees and electric poles and roofs stripped from homes and businesses, said Guillermo González, director of Nicaragua's emergency management agency. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The local airport is also unusable because of debris, Duque said. "We will never forget this year," Bermúdez said. Some 40,000 people in the area had moved to shelters from low-lying land beside rivers and the sea, but other people remained stranded near the border with Nicaragua. It could even go up to category 4. Iota is the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the year and only the second November hurricane to reach category five - the last was in 1932. image copyright Reuters The extent of the damage was unclear because much of the affected region was without electricity and phone and internet service and strong winds hampered radio transmissions. Some stayed behind in an attempt to protect what few possessions remained. A fallen tree lies on the road after the passage of Hurricane Iota in Siuna, Nicaragua, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Iota first impacted the islands of San Andres and Providencia, which have been part of Colombia for centuries, but are geographically closer to Central America than to the Colombian mainland. It's also the ninth storm to rapidly intensify this season, a dangerous phenomenon that is happening more often. Update, 11:10 p.m. Monday — At 10:40 p.m., Hurricane Iota made landfall as a strong Category 4 about 30 miles south of Puerto Cabezas in northeastern Nicaragua packing … Palm trees blow in the wind as Nicaragua prepares to receive hurricane Iota on November 16, 2020, in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.