Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 miles per hour (55 km/h) with higher gusts.
Reuters images showed rain spattering the partially flooded beachside city of Puerto Cabezas on Nicaragua's coast, and wind rattling the roofs of its one-story buildings.
"Since we have been dealing with rambutan, we have never had two storms back to back affecting us this badly so we're pretty much in uncharted territory", he said. It is expected to dump as much as 30 inches (76 cm) of rain over the next few days as it weakens inland.More news: USA coronavirus deaths reach 250,000
Earlier in the day, governments from Panama to Guatemala rushed to move people away from hillsides, volcanoes and bodies of water. The World Food Programme said millions of people had already urgently needed food aid in the wake of Eta.
Iota will leave Honduras and its neighbors in "a very hard situation", Hernandez said.
On 16 of November, the Colombian Archipelago of San Andrés and Providencia was hardly hit by hurricane IOTA, the first Category 5 hurricane that has passed over Colombian territory.
Hurricane Iota also battered Nicaragua with screeching winds and pounding surf Tuesday, chasing tens of thousands of people from their homes along the same stretch of the Caribbean coast that was devastated by an equally powerful hurricane just two weeks ago. It also developed later in the season than any other Category 5 storm on record, topping a November 8, 1932, Cuba hurricane, said Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. "We are now, with Iota, on the 30th named tropical storm". The neighbouring island of San Andres, inhabited by more than 43,000 people, also faced damage to its infrastructure.More news: What Dolly Parton Has to Say About Her Covid-19 Research Donation
Experts warn Central America to brace themselves for devastation.
The storm made landfall in Nicaragua at 10:40 p.m. Monday as a Category 4 hurricane with 155 miles per hour winds, making it not only the strongest tropical cyclone of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, but the strongest November hurricane to hit the Central American country on record, according to a tweet for Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University.
With a rise in average global temperatures, hurricanes are growing stronger and spinning more slowly, which can prolong their destructive treks across land.More news: Apple to Reduce App Store Fee to 15 Percent for Most Developers