Washington, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported today that Hurricane Iota reached winds of 245 kilometers per hour, and its swells and rains represent a serious danger for Central America.
At 07:00 (local time) the center of the meteorological phenomenon was located near latitude 13.5 North, longitude 81.6 West, and is moving west to northwest at 17 kilometers per hour.
After it touches the ground, a west-southwest movement is anticipated.
On the forecasted course, the center of Iota will make landfall in the hurricane warning area of northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras tonight and will be dissipating over Central America by midweek.
Iota is a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, and could reach a fifth.
Recently, Central America was affected by the passage of Tropical Storm Eta, which left at least a hundred people dead after heavy flooding, landslides and extensive material damage in several countries in the region.
Eta affected Cuba and then touched land in the south of the North American state of Florida, accompanied by intense rainfall and dangerous hurricane swells.
(Taken from PL)