“Some 80,000 families are going to be at risk.”

Head of Nicaragua’s disaster response agency Guillermo Gonzalez discussing the impact of Hurricane Iota, a Category 4 storm.

  • The National Hurricane Center considers Hurricane Iota to be a “catastrophic hurricane, with extreme winds and a life-threatening storm surge.”
  • Hurricanes are often categorized 1-5, 5 being the most severe. This reading is based on the force of wind – the higher the number, the stronger the storm.
  • Hurricane Iota comes just two weeks after Hurricane Eta (a Category 4 storm) hit leaving an estimated 200+ dead or missing in Central America. The two hurricanes hit almost the identical location in Northern Nicaragua, impacting Honduras as well – Washington Post journalists tried to find how many times that has happened in history: “There have been some unlucky areas and close calls before, but having two Category 4 hurricanes strike within 15 miles in just two weeks is something we couldn’t find matched in nearly 170 years of data.”
  • History-Making: Hurricane Iota is the 30th named storm in the Atlantic Hurricane Season (which ends on November 30th) – the most storms EVER on record.
  • Why It Matters: The displacement of tens of thousands from their homes presents a humanitarian crisis as authorities work to evacuate residents in affected areas, which may be considered uninhabitable for weeks, if not longer.