(CNN) — Iota has strengthened into a hurricane and is expected to quickly turn into a major hurricane as it approaches Central America, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its 1:00 p.m. update on Sunday. am ET.
A major hurricane is classified by sustained winds of more than 178 km / h.
Iota is located about 475 km east of Providencia Island in Colombia with maximum sustained winds of 120 km / h. It is moving west and its current track will bring the storm ashore in a location similar to Hurricane Eta just two weeks ago.
Iota is expected to make landfall sometime on Monday night or Tuesday morning local time.