Police and Church Members Pray as Tropical Storm Iota Approaches Honduras

Police and church members prayed together over the Ulúa river in the Pimienta municipality of Cortés, Honduras on November 17, as the country braced for Tropical Storm Iota.

Footage uploaded to Twitter shows the group praying on a bridge, some holding their right hand up. “Prayer with faith by police officers and members of churches, in the flow of the Ulúa river, in Pimienta, Cortés,” wrote the Policía Nacional de Honduras as per Google Translate.

Iota is the second hurricane to hit Central America this month.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported sustained winds of nearly 155 mph when the storm hit the northeastern coast of Nicaragua on Monday, only 15 miles from the spot where Hurricane Eta made landfall on November 3.

Eta caused at least 200 deaths in Central America and Mexico, according to reports.

Local authorities fear more rain and landslides caused by Iota in areas already left waterlogged by Eta. Iota is the 30th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season – the most ever recorded.

Though Hurricane Iota “weakened” overnight, the storm could still produce “catastrophic” flash flooding and mudslides across Central America through Thursday, according to the NHC. Credit: Policía Nacional de Honduras via Storyful