Hurricane Lota


Stella Shih, Journalist

Hurricane Lota is now considered the worst hurricane to ever hit Nicaragua. It is the latest hurricane to reach level 5 intensity, the highest level a hurricane can be. Hurricane Lota’s winds had a 35mph increase in 24 hours. It suddenly became stronger because of a drop in pressure; and then toppling 61 millibars in 24 hours, which is the 4th fastest decline ever. Hurricane Lota lasted from November 13th to November 18th, 2020. More than 400,000 people were affected by the hurricane. Thousands have been moved into safe shelters. In many places, the buildings and houses were all destroyed, and the water knee-high. In a Guatemalan village, there was a big landslide, which left many people that lived there still missing. Lota is the second hurricane to hit Central America. It was no good for many regions still trying to recover from Hurricane Eta, which killed many people and left destruction and debris. The effects of both hurricanes and the destruction they both left may have a lasting effect for many years.