Iota strengthened to hurricane status Sunday, taking furious aim at Central American countries still reeling from Hurricane Eta's devastating landfall that killed more than 120 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless less than two weeks ago.

Iota became the 13th hurricane of the season, two shy of the record 15 set in 2005 but the record-breaking 30th named storm of this historic hurricane season. 

Iota became a Category 2 hurricane Sunday night with sustained winds of 100 mph. The storm was moving west at 9 mph, its center located about 255 miles east-southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border.

Daniel Brown, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center, said Iota is forecast to be an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of at least 130 mph when it approaches Central America.

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