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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hurricane Felix Slams Nicaragua

LA CEIBA, Honduras -- Hurricane Felix struck Nicaragua's Miskito Coast as a record-setting Category 5 monster storm Tuesday, ripping off roofs and forcing thousands to flee in an area home to thousands of Miskito Indians.

"The wind is terrible. There's a roaring when it pulls the roofs off the houses," Lumberto Campbell, an official in Puerto Cabezas, told Radio Ya. "There's no electricity because the posts that hold up the cables have fallen."

Meanwhile, off Mexico's Pacific coast, Tropical Storm Henriette strengthened into a hurricane with winds hitting 120 kilometers per hour. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it was plowing toward the upscale resort of Cabo San Lucas, popular with Hollywood stars and fishing enthusiasts.

Felix landed around dawn at Punta Gorda with winds of about 260 kilometers per hour, only two weeks after Hurricane Dean struck Mexico.

It was the first time that two Category 5 hurricanes have hit land in the same season since records began being kept in 1886, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Only 31 such storms have been recorded in the Atlantic, including eight in the last five seasons.

Rogelio Flores, a civil defense official, said more than 12,000 people had been evacuated. But many other Miskito Indians refused to leave low-lying areas and head to shelters set up in schools.