MEXICO CITY—Hurricane Iota left a trail of destruction and at least 16 people dead in Nicaragua, while bringing more flooding, deaths and misery to neighboring Honduras in a region still reeling from Hurricane Eta two weeks ago.
The system dissipated over El Salvador Wednesday morning but still carried 30 mile-an-hour winds and rain that could cause serious flooding and mudslides, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its final advisory on the storm.
Iota made landfall near the Nicaraguan port of Puerto Cabezas late Monday as a Category 4 hurricane, with stronger winds than Hurricane Eta, which struck the same area two weeks earlier, also as a Category 4, and left at least 200 people dead across Central America.
Nicaraguan government media posted pictures of the devastation in Puerto Cabezas, with homes ripped up, walls and power lines knocked down, and fallen trees strewn across streets and beaches. It reported “destruction and desolation” in coastal communities of Prinzapolka, south of Puerto Cabezas.
Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo, who acts as spokeswoman for the Sandinista government, said at least 16 people had died as a result of the storm.