Less than two weeks after being hit by category 4 Hurricane Eta, several Central American countries braced for the arrival of category 5 Hurricane Iota. Iota is the strongest hurricane and 30th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic season, the most since modern record-keeping began. Iota is the 13th storm to reach hurricane strength this year; the average hurricane year brings 11.5 named storms and six hurricanes. The satellite is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which includes the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm Iota reached hurricane strength early on November 15.