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:
NASA EO
)

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

#hurricane
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.
#Iota
pic.twitter.com/cjBlIIz5JP

— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach)
November 17, 2020

Iota made
landfall
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
weeks