According to the Associated Press, Hurricane Felix roared ashore early Tuesday as a Category 5 storm, marking the first time in recorded history that two top-scale storms have made landfall in the same season. The AP reports the storm hit near the swampy Nicaragua-Honduras border, home to thousands of stranded Miskito Indians dependent on canoes to make their way to safety. According to the National Hurricane Center, the center of Felix will be moving inland over northeastern Nicaragua during the day Tuesday and over Honduras later Tuesday night.
Felix was the first of two major storms expected to make landfall on Tuesday: Off Mexico's Pacific coast, Hurricane Henriette churned toward the upscale resort of Cabo San Lucas, according to reports.
Hurricane Dean came ashore just last month as a Category 5 storm, and Felix's landfall marked the first time that two Category 5 hurricanes have hit land in a season since 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, the AP reports.