Mid-November Hurricane Iota was the newest Class 5 on file

Satellite photograph of storm crossing from ocean to land.

Enlarge / Hurricane Iota on Monday because it approached landfall. (credit score: NASA EO)

This yr’s unrelenting hurricane season continues to be rolling, and Monday night noticed Hurricane Iota make landfall in Nicaragua as a Class Four storm. Regardless of the official finish of the Atlantic hurricane season being lower than two weeks away, Iota truly grew to become the strongest hurricane of the yr when it reached Class 5 on Monday morning.

That is the primary November on file to see two main (Class 3+) hurricanes, and it’s the newest any storm has hit Class 5. The one different November class 5 occurred in 1932, and that was within the first week of the month. Iota is the 30th named storm of 2020—additionally a file. As soon as the checklist of 21 storm names for the yr is exhausted, subsequent storms are merely designated by Greek letters.

Iota made landfall close to Puerto Cabezas in Nicaragua, bringing 155 mile-per-hour winds, rain, and storm surge. Unbelievably, this was simply 15 miles south of the placement Hurricane Eta made landfall (additionally as a Class 4) on November 3. This implies many individuals who evacuated for Eta hadn’t even returned but, however those that had have been compelled to evacuate once more—amidst a pandemic.

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