El Salvador declared a red alert due to the proximity of the hurricane Iota, which this Monday, November 16, reached category 5, the maximum on the Saffir Simpson scale, while it approaches Central America, where it is forecast to make landfall at night.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States reported that the hurricane presents maximum sustained winds of 260 kilometers per hour on its way to northeast of Nicaragua and the east of Honduras, which are under notice of the climatic phenomenon.
“Iota has become a Category 5 hurricane and is expected to bring catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surges and torrential rains to Central America,” the NHC warned in its account of Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Minister of the Interior and president of the Civil Protection Commission, Mario Duran, raised the alert level from orange to red in the face of such a situation and the risk of rainfall that Iota will produce in El Salvador.
The official through the red social Microblogger indicated: “RED alert is declared Rotating light of police cars throughout the territory, given the imminent impact that hurricane Iota will generate in our country, which has reached category 5 before touching Central American lands.”
For his part, the Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele wrote in Twitter: “We must increase mitigation work, early monitoring of all areas, the massive deployment of personnel and preventive evacuations.”
According to the prediction of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), Iota will damage the nation with “temporary winds and rains” on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Climate change causes an increase in temperature in the surface layers of the oceans, which causes hurricanes and storms more powerful and with more water, which form a more dangerous threat to coastal localities, according to research by the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Climate Change (IPCC).
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