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Hurricane Iota May Hit Central America as ‘Dangerous’ Category 5 Storm

MANAGUA, Nicaragua—A fast-strengthening Hurricane Iota became a very dangerous Category 4 storm as it swept over the western Caribbean early Monday, approaching the same part of Central America battered by a similarly powerful Hurricane Eta just over a week ago. Forecasters said Iota’s maximum sustained winds had reached 155 mph and were growing stronger, potentially making for a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane by the time it reaches the coast. Authorities warned that Iota would probably come ashore over areas where Eta’s torrential rains saturated the soil, leaving it prone to new landslides and floods, and that the storm surge could reach a shocking 12 to 18 feet above normal tides. Evacuations were being conducted from low-lying areas in Nicaragua and Honduras near their shared border, which appeared to be Iota’s likely landfall. Winds and rain were already being felt on the Nicaraguan coast Sunday night. Iota became a hurricane early …