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Hurricane Iota rapidly strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane and is expected to make landfall as a "catastrophic" storm Monday night in Nicaragua. Hurricane Iota has maximum sustained winds of 160 mph and is forecast to bring life-threatening storm surges of as much as 15 to 20 feet along with rainfall of 10 to 20 inches, with isolated maximum totals of 30 inches possible. The storm is moving west at about 9 mph and about 100 miles east-southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. Most of Central America will see effects from Hurricane Iota including high winds, heavy rains, and potential flooding.

Possible Effects:

  • Heavy rainfall could lead to landslides, mudslides and flooding

  • Dangerous river levels

  • Coastal flooding and storm surges

  • Gusty winds

  • Downed trees, hindering rescue/recovery efforts

  • Traffic delays

  • Cancelled, delayed, or rerouted flights

  • Power outages in homes and places of work

Mitigating Measures to Apply:

  • Check with the supplier to ensure they are open and operating

  • Monitor local news and weather media for updates

  • Allow extra time for travel to and from supplier and airport

  • Avoid traveling through flooded areas

  • Keep extra bottled water in lodging

  • Keep electronics charged and maintain contact throughout the remainder of the trip

  • Confirm flight itinerary prior to departure to the airport

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Disclaimer: LSDS™ gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS™ (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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