Hurricane Iota threatens ‘catastrophic winds’
Publishedduration2 hours agoimage copyrightReutersimage captionParts of Honduras are still flooded from Hurricane Eta and are now in the forecast path of Hurricane Iota
Hurricane Iota has strengthened as it roars towards Central America, with meteorologists warning of "potentially catastrophic winds" and "life-threatening storm surge".
With winds of up to160mph (260km/h), it is now a category five storm – the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
Iota is predicted to make landfall in north-eastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras later on Monday.
Parts of Central America remain water logged by the passing of Hurricane Eta.
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In its latest public advisory on Monday, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Iota had reached category five,