Iota Evac Underway. Storm is Now Cat 5

November 16, 2020

It’s November, folks.


Iota became the second-most intense hurricane to ever churn in the Atlantic basin in November on Monday — second only to the 1932 Cuba hurricane, which packed winds of 175 mph. The extremely dangerous hurricane was heading westward toward hurricane-battered areas of Central America, which are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Eta’s deadly blow less than two weeks ago. Forecasters warned that the storm will maintain its intensity and make landfall as a 5 on the AccuWeather RealImpact™ Scale, threatening to bring one of the worst floods the region has had in a thousand years or more.

Iota reached Category 5 strength — the first storm of the season to reach the highest status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale — when its winds peaked at 160 mph on Monday morning. Just hours earlier, the record-breaking, 30th named storm of the season had strengthened from a Category 2 storm to a Category 4 major hurricane within an hour’s time. 

Iota strengthened so quickly that its intensification ranks among three other historic hurricanes​​​​​​​: Gilbert in 1988, Rita in 2005 and Wilma in 2005. Also, Iota became the only storm to strengthen rapidly with its central barometric pressure dropping by 1.8 inches of mercury (61 mb) in 24 hours in November.

Washington Post:

“This is a catastrophic situation unfolding for northeastern Nicaragua with an extreme storm surge of 15-20 ft forecast along with destructive winds and potentially 30 inches of rainfall,” the National Hurricane Center wrote.

Iota is likely to make landfall very near or in the same location as Eta did. Its predecessor moved ashore with 140 mph winds and ravaged the community of Puerto Cabezas in northern Nicaragua. Iota could equal or exceed that force as it makes landfall overnight Monday into Tuesday.

4 Responses to “Iota Evac Underway. Storm is Now Cat 5”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    The xkcd link I think you meant:

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:


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