A man carries a bicycle as he evacuates a banana field in El Progreso, Yoro department, Honduras, on November 14, 2020, before the arrival of tropical storm Iota. Image Credit: AFP

Bilwi, Nicaragua: Iota made landfall Monday on Nicaragua's northern Caribbean coast as a maximum Category 5 hurricane, accompanied by catastrophic winds, rain and storm surge, a top meteorological official said.

"This powerful hurricane Iota is already on the front line, it's already on land. At the moment, the eye of the hurricane is already touching the border of the Haulover coast" in the Caribbean, Marcio Baca, director of meteorology at the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER), told a press conference.