Iota is Now the Latest Cat 5 Hurricane on Record.

You have to read this discussion. The folks in central America are in for a disaster of proportions that you can only imagine.

Hurricane Iota Discussion Number  13
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL312020
1000 AM EST Mon Nov 16 2020

Iota is a very impressive hurricane, especially for this late in the 
year, with a distinct, warm eye on satellite images and a rather 
electrified eyewall from the GOES lightning detector.  An Air Force 
Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft found maximum 700-mb flight-winds 
of about 147 kt, with SFMR values of 140-145 kt, and a central 
pressure of about 917 mb. A blend of all these data leads to an 
initial wind speed of 140 kt, making Iota a category 5 hurricane, 
the latest category 5 on record for the Atlantic basin. A little 
more strengthening is possible today with fairly light shear and 
warm waters before Iota makes landfall tonight.  Rapid weakening is 
anticipated over central America, and Iota should dissipate in a 
couple of days.

The hurricane is moving westward at 9 kt.  This general motion with
perhaps a slight gain in latitude is expected through tonight due
to a large ridge of the high pressure to the north.  After
landfall, the cyclone should move a little faster, and dissipate
over the higher terrain of central America.  The new forecast is a
little south of the previous one, mostly owing to the initial
position.

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, and 
it is exacerbated by the fact that it should make landfall in 
almost the exact same location that category 4 Hurricane Eta did 
about two weeks ago. 

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