The wind speeds from Tropical Storm Iota may have died down, but danger remains in Central America. Forecasters expect life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in portions of Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
TransWorld Radio’s Steve Shantz says authorities are struggling to get people out of harm’s way. “The job is made very complicated because there is no gasoline left to power the boats to evacuate people,” Shantz explains.
Responders used most of their immediate resources last week to save people stranded by Hurricane Eta. “All the rain fell on the mountains, washed down into the valleys below, and flooded out entire villages,” Shantz says.
“People were spending the night on the roofs of their homes. A lot of evacuations had to happen, and [these were] mainly done by boat.”
No chance to recover
On Monday, Hurricane Iota reached Category 5 strength before weakening slightly as it approached the Nicaraguan coastline. Iota gained recognition as the strongest late-season hurricane on record, as well as the 30th named storm this year. The Atlantic hurricane season ends November 30, and typically sees a dozen named storms.
Two weeks and 15 miles were all that separated Eta and Iota when they made landfall as Category 4 hurricanes. Shantz says people throughout the region are weary from back-to-back disasters and hungry for hope.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
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