The 2020 hurricane season is coming to a close, but it's one for the record books — leaving prior benchmarks far behind in the statistics-heavy field of tropical meteorology.
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Hurricanes Eta and Iota have devastated the lives of thousands in the country of Honduras. And one North Charleston based nonprofit is calling for more help in leading clean water efforts in the country.
The official death toll in Nicaragua stood at six, as reported by Vice President and first lady Rosario Murillo. But that number was rising as authorities surveyed the damage and communications were restored. The victims were spread across the country, swept away by swollen rivers or buried in landslides.
Hurricane Iota tore across Nicaragua on Tuesday, hours after roaring ashore as a Category 4 storm along almost exactly the same stretch of the Caribbean coast that was devastated by an equally powerful hurricane just two weeks ago.
Hurricane Iota rapidly strengthened Monday into a Category 5 storm that is likely to bring catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America already battered by a powerful Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago.
Just as the remnants of Eta finally blew out to sea on Friday, another storm was brewing that could follow its path of death and destruction into Central America this weekend, and Tropical Storm Theta was moving closer to Europe.
The record-breaking 2020 hurricane season is also far beyond what forecasters predicted at the beginning of this year.
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