Hurricane Iota is on the way to category 4 status

Hurricane Iota is on the way to category 4 status
Hurricane Iota will likely become a category 4 storm. (Source: First Alert Weather)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Hurricane Iota currently has 85mph winds and is moving WNW at 6mph. It is just over 600 miles away from the Nicaragua/ Honduras border.

Very rapid strengthening is expected today and tomorrow. In fact, it will likely become a category 4 storm. That will be the second time some of the same areas in Central America will be impacted by a major hurricane in less than two weeks.

Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Belize should expect 8-16 inches of rain. This could lead to life threatening flash flooding and mudslides. Hurricane force winds are expected late Monday, before a Monday night landfall. Storm surge could reach 9-13 feet along the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras.

Iota will not impact the U.S.

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Meteorologist Leigh Brock

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