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Category 4 Hurricane Iota slams Central American less than two weeks after Hurricane Eta hit the region. (Photo: NASA) Category 4 Hurricane Iota slams Central American less than two weeks after Hurricane Eta hit the region. (Photo: NASA)

(Bloomberg) — Powerful Hurricane Iota is lashing Central America after barreling ashore late Monday (Nov. 16) with ferocious winds and rain, threatening to trigger landslides and cripple a region already reeling from a deadly storm two weeks ago.

Iota, the most powerful Atlantic storm in a record-setting season, made landfall along Nicaragua’s northeastern coast as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 miles (249 kilometers) per hour. It hit just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta came ashore, killing more than 100 people and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate.

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