Hurricane Iota is gaining strength as it heads towards Central America.
It is causing severe flooding in Colombia, where at least three people have died and hundreds forced to leave their homes, just a week after Hurricane Eta devastated the region.
Al Jazeera's Raheela Mahomed has more.
Hurricane Iota downgraded to a Category 1 storm as it attacks Nicaragua with heavy rain and high winds. The National Hurricane Center says Iota will become a tropical storm by Tuesday afternoon but warns it can still have a life-threatening impact.
#iota #hurricane #colombia #nicargua Homes are among the buildings left in wreckage after Hurricane Iota passed over Colombia last week, as seen in aerial footage taken Saturday, November 21.
Hurricane Iota ravaged Central America, killing at least 40 people and causing flooding and mudslides throughout the region.
The Atlantic has seen a record storm season this year with 13 hurricanes. Scientists say that the warmer waters caused by climate change are making the hurricanes stronger for a longer time after they touchdown on land. (AFP) Hurricane Iota is pushing across Central America after making landfall in Nicaragua.
In a record-breaking year for Atlantic hurricanes, Iota is the first to reach the Category 5 status and the second destructive hurricane to hit the region this month.
Al Jazeera's Charlotte Bellis has the latest. Hurricane Iota hit Nicaragua and Colombia's Island Providencia last night. The storm diminished after hitting the coast of Nicaragua. CGTN's Michelle Begue reports.