Hurricane Iota Path, Tracker as 'Catastrophic' Category 4 Hits Nicaragua

Hurricane Iota is an "extremely dangerous" and "catastrophic hurricane" moving through Nicaragua, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane is currently moving across northeastern Nicaragua, where life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, flash flooding, and landslides are expected. Other areas in Central America are also expected to experience these weather conditions.

Strong winds and heavy rain have caused damage, downing trees and flooding streets, as people in Nicaragua and Honduras share images and videos of the hurricane's impact.

Wilfredo Miranda shared a photo of people trying to remove a downed tree blocking a road.

Campesinos tratan de quitar a toda prisa un tronco que obstaculiza el paso vehicular... el viento de #Iota hace crujir todo. pic.twitter.com/YCSqggXWX5

— Wilfredo Miranda (@PiruloAr) November 17, 2020

Twitter account Alerta Cambio Climático shared a video of a flooded street

El Huracán Iota azota Nicaragua con lluvias torrenciales y fuertes ráfagas de viento. pic.twitter.com/iWGMr9nbWz

— Alerta Cambio Climático (@AlertaCambio) November 17, 2020

Chef Jose Andres shared a video from San Pedro Sula in Honduras and said: "Iota has made landfall at [the] same strength as Maria hit Puerto Rico...We are far away but already outer rain bands have arrived and won't stop—the water is [a] real danger.

"Sorry for [the] long late-night message but I wanted to say I am so proud of everyone here."

#Iota has made landfall at same strength as Maria hit Puerto Rico...We are far away but already outer rain bands have arrived and won’t stop—the water is real danger. Sorry for long latenight message but I wanted to say I am so proud of everyone here. Goodnight from @WCKitchen!😘 pic.twitter.com/SG8YF75LUY

— Please wear a mask! Do it for the World please... (@chefjoseandres) November 17, 2020

Director Jeremy Zipple shared a video of a street being flooded by storm surge and said: "Hurricane Iota hours before landfall in Nicaragua this evening. It's a massive Cat 5 storm following an almost identical path as Cat 4 Hurricane Eta just 13 days ago."

Hurricane #Iota hours before landfall in #Nicaragua this evening. It’s a massive Cat 5 storm following an almost identical path as Cat 4 Hurricane Eta just 13 days ago. pic.twitter.com/KenTo13ArY

— Jeremy Zipple (@jzipple) November 17, 2020

Hurricane Iota is around 40 miles southwest of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, and around 105 miles south-southwest of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua/Honduras border. It has maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and is moving west at 9 miles per hour.

Iota is expected to continue moving west over the next day or so and is forecast to move further inland across Nicaragua on Tuesday morning, before moving across southern Honduras on Tuesday night.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased, though Iota is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane, and rapid weakening is expected to continue Tuesday and Wednesday. The hurricane is forecast to dissipate over Central America by Wednesday night.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras/Nicaragua border to Sandy Bay Sirpi, and the coast of northeastern Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Honduras/Nicaragua border.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Providencia, San Andres, the coast of Nicaragua from south of Sandy Bay Sirpi to Bluefields, the northern coast of Honduras from west of Punta Patuca to the Guatemala/Honduras border, and Bay Islands.

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Residents evacuate their home in La Lima, Cortes, Honduras, on November 16, 2020, as Hurricane Iota moves over the Caribbean towards the Nicaragua-Honduras border. Wendell Escoto/Getty