Second major hurricane hit Nicaragua in as many weeks

Satellite photograph of storm crossing from ocean to land.

Enlarge / Hurricane Iota on
Monday as it approached landfall. (credit:

This year’s unrelenting hurricane season is still rolling, and
Monday evening saw Hurricane Iota make landfall in Nicaragua as a
Category 4 storm. Despite the official end of the Atlantic
hurricane season being less than two weeks away, Iota actually
became the strongest hurricane of the year when it reached Category
5 on Monday morning.

This is the first November on record to see two major (Category
3+) hurricanes, and it’s the latest any storm has hit Category 5.
The only other November category 5 occurred in 1932,
and that was in the first week of the month.�Iota is the 30th named
storm of 2020—also a record. Once the list of 21 storm names for
the year is exhausted, subsequent storms are simply designated by
Greek letters.

Here’s how 2020 Atlantic

season ranks so far with other seasons in satellite
era (since 1966) and with long-term average. Record-setting for
named storms, 2nd for hurricanes & major hurricanes, 3rd for
named storm days, 6th for Accumulated Cyclone Energy.

— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach)
November 17, 2020

Iota made
near Puerto Cabezas in Nicaragua, bringing 155
mile-per-hour winds, rain, and storm surge. Unbelievably, this was
just 15 miles south of the location Hurricane Eta made landfall
(also as a Category 4) on November 3. This means many people who
evacuated for Eta hadn’t even returned yet, but those who had
were forced to evacuate again—amidst a pandemic.

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Second major hurricane hit Nicaragua in as many