The tropical storm strengthened Iota, and the US-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) has warned that it could turn into a major hurricane as it approaches Central America.
The Reconnaissance aircraft found that Iota had strengthened to the thirteenth hurricane season of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, ”the NHC said.
When Iota arrives in Nicaragua and Honduras tomorrow, it hopes to unleash “life-threatening” floods. The torrential rains and floods have already hit Cartagena, Colombia.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
Yesterday morning, Guatemalan authorities buried 10 people in a landslide in the state of Chikvimula, near the border with Honduras.
Emergency workers rescued two and so far found three bodies. Five people are still missing.
This is due to the partial collapse of the mountain last week to the village of Kyuja in the central Guatemalan region of Alta Verapaz. Dozens of employees were killed and buried.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamatei has expressed concern about Iota’s approach and has ordered them to flee to areas where they are expected to be affected.
“We are concerned about the territory of Alta Verapus and Quiche. We believe these are the areas where we can have the most impact,” Giamatei said. “We hope God will help us.”
In Honduras, where roads, bridges and crops have been destroyed, killing 64 people, President Juan Orlando Hernandez has called for the evacuation of people on Iota’s path to nearby shelters.
“Iota is going to risk our lives and our economy again,” he said.
Residents of Cruz de Valencia in northwestern Honduras began to evacuate.
“We have to get out and save our lives,” said local Eric Gomez, who survived the last hurricane by clinging to a tree to avoid drowning.
“We are afraid of what we have just experienced with Eta and we do not want to go through the same thing again,” he added.