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Iota is the first Category 5 hurricane to hit Colombia – destroys 98 percent of infrastructure on the island of Providencia

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Hurricane “Iota” strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane — peak winds of 260 km/h (160 mph) — on November 16, 2020, as it was passing over the Colombian Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, making it the strongest tropical cyclone of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the strongest-ever to hit Colombia. It weakened into a Category 4 hurricane, just 2 km/h below Category 5, prior to landfall in Nicaragua, making it the strongest November hurricane to hit the Central American country.

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