Hurricane Iota reaches Central America

Hurricane Iota reaches Central America

At least 30 people were killed after hurricane Iota caused floods in Central America.

By midday (18:00 GMT), the winds had fallen to 65mph as Iota weakened to a tropical storm, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The strongest storm on record to reach Nicaragua, Iota struck late on Monday, packing winds of nearly 155mph and flooding villages still reeling from the impact of Hurricane Eta two weeks ago.

Iota grew to an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm earlier on Monday, but weakened slightly after making landfall.

Iota was 255 miles east of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaraguan-Honduran border with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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