Hurricane Iota forms to become 30th storm of historically busy season

Hurricane Iota forms to become 30th storm of historically busy season
Iota is the 13th hurricane this year and is projected to make landfall Monday morning in Nicaragua at category 4 strength, according to the National Weather Service. (National Weather Service/National Weather Service)

Hurricane Iota is the 30th storm to form in what has become a record Atlantic storm season.

Iota is the 13th hurricane this year and is projected to make landfall Monday morning in Nicaragua at Category 4 strength, according to the National Weather Service.

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The area is still reeling from Hurricane Eta, which struck Central America Nov. 3 as a Category 4 storm. The Red Cross said the storm impacted millions of people in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, CNN reported.

This is the busiest Atlantic storm season since 2005, when there were 28 named storms including 15 hurricanes that caused an estimated $160 billion in damage and killed 4,000 people. Four of the five major hurricanes, Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma, reached Category 5 strength.

Forecasters believe conditions are right for storms still to form before hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30.