In a bulletin issued 16 November, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Hurricane Lota was currently located at 100 km west of Providence Island and at 130 km east southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua (see our previous alerts).
The hurricane continues to move at a speed of 15 km/h toward the west with winds reaching 260 km/h.
Lota has intensified today into a Category 5 hurricane.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for:
- Providencia island in Colombia;
- The Nicaraguan coast from Sandy Bay Sirpi to the border with Honduras;
- The coast of northeastern Honduras from Punta Patuca to the border with Nicaragua.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect in:
- San Andres Island in Colombia;
- The Nicaraguan coast from south Sandy Bay Sirpi to Bluefields ;
- The northern coast of Honduras from the west of Punta Patuca to the border with Guatemala;
- The islands of Bahía in Honduras.
According to the NHC, the hurricane will make landfall on the evening of 16 November in northeastern Nicaragua.
Evacuation orders have been issued by the authorities in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala.
Ongoing disruptions caused by bad weather conditions should be expected in the mentioned regions over the next few hours.
We recommend monitoring the latest developments on the NHC website and possible instructions from the authorities.