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NHC says Iota strengthens to category 5 hurricane

Nov 16 (Reuters) - Iota strengthened into a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale and is forecast to make landfall in northeastern Nicaragua on Monday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The hurricane was located about 100 miles (160 km) east-southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, packing maximum sustained winds of 160 miles (260 km) per hour. (Reporting by Sumita Layek and Anjishnu Mondol in Bengaluru, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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