SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Hurricane Iota is now weakening after making landfall late Monday, just 15 mile south of where Eta made landfall two weeks ago. The storm became a Category 5 storm Monday, setting a record as the latest Category 5 storm in the Atlantic. It weakened to a Category 4 storm before making landfall at 10:40pm EST Monday with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph winds.
Life-threatening storm surge of 5 to 10 feet above normal tide levels are expected along the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras. And Iota will drench Honduras, northern Nicaragua, southeast and central Guatemala and southern Belize with 10 to 20 inches with isolated maximum totals of 30 inches.
Relief agencies expect recovery to take years. Harvest Aviation is in Wauchula, Florida. The group is a missionary disaster relief organization that provides help through their missionary partners in the Caribbean and Central America.
According to Executive Director Eric Martin, it will take years for this area to recover from two back to back hurricanes.
“Just general things like electricity, clean water, food, that takes time,” says Martin.
Flooded runways have slowed down their efforts. And now, Hurricane Iota is moving in, complicating the relief and delaying the relief even more.
“Unfortunately, we can’t get in with a hurricane, so we have to wait it out.”
If you would like to help Harvest Aviation in their ongoing relief efforts, you can visit harvestaviation.org