Managua - Hurricane Iota, which is approaching Nicaragua today with winds of 245 kilometers per hour, may be the most powerful in the country's meteorological history, said expert Marcio Baca.
Iota can generate an impact greater than that of Hurricane Joan, which hit Nicaragua with winds of 240 kilometers per hour, the director of Meteorology of the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (Inter) pointed out to the magazine En Vivo, on Channel Four of Nicaraguan television.
Baca highlighted the rapid evolution of the body that between 03:00 and 06:00, local time, reached category four on the Saffir-Simpson scale of five.
To get an idea of such evolution, it is enough to point out that just in the early hours of Sunday the meteor was organized as a category one hurricane.
Baca specified that at six in the morning the center of Iota was located 255 kilometers east-southeast of Cape Gracias a Dios (on the border with Honduras) and 192 southeast of the city of Bilwi or Puerto Cabezas, head of the Autonomous Region of the North Caribbean.
At that time it was maintaining a travel speed of 17 kilometers per hour in a westbound direction, he added.
The US National Hurricane Center determined that the eye of the storm has a diameter of 25-30 kilometers.
The high temperature of the waters of the Caribbean Sea, through which it travels, contribute to its power, said Baca.
For the extreme northeast of Nicaragua, the rainfall forecasts are in the order of 300 millimeters, and the danger of flooding increases due to the 65 percent humidity existing in the soil as a remnant of the effects of Hurricane Eta.
Regarding the possible trajectory of the tropical organism, quite similar to that of Eta, the models indicate that it will pass through the Mining Triangle and the border city of Waspán as category one to enter Honduras in a tropical storm condition and then exit to the Pacific by the coast of El Salvador, already degraded to a tropical depression.
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