Iota has strengthened into a “dangerous” category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, the US National Hurricane Center said on Monday.
The hurricane was expected to bring “potentially catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge, and extreme rainfall impacts to central America”, the Miami-based weather forecaster said in a previous advisory.
Iota is likely to make landfall in northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras on Monday night, it said.
Iota was located about 45 miles (70 km) east-northeast of Isla De Providencia, Colombia, packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (225 km per hour). Reuters