Eta becomes a Category 4 hurricane before approaching Nicaragua and Honduras

Eta becomes a Category 4 hurricane before approaching Nicaragua and Honduras The powerful phenomenon will make landfall at dawn this Tues...

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  • Eta becomes a Category 4 hurricane before approaching Nicaragua and Honduras
  • The powerful phenomenon will make landfall at dawn this Tuesday
  • The entire area is under a hurricane alert for Eta

Hurricane Eta strengthened to a major Category 4 storm Monday afternoon, threatening to cause “catastrophic” damage to parts of Central America and the Caribbean, including Nicaragua and Honduras, the National Hurricane Center warned, according to USA Today.

According to the forecast, Eta would make landfall on Monday night or early Tuesday around the border between Nicaragua and Honduras as a strong Category 4 hurricane, with winds estimated at 150 mph.

“Catastrophic wind damage is expected where Eta’s eye wall moves towards the coast,” said the Hurricane Center, adding that “Eta’s heavy rains will likely lead to catastrophic and life-threatening flash floods and river flooding in parts of Central America ”.

Hurricane Eta Nicaragua Honduras

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The effect of its winds and rains in Central America can be storm surges, flash floods and landslides, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned, according to the Efe news agency.

At 11 a.m. ET, according to the NHC, Eta was about 115 miles (185 km) east of Cape Gracias a Dios on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras, and about 140 miles (225 km) east northeast of Puerto Cabezas, in Nicaragua.

The hurricane, the twelfth of this season in the Atlantic, was moving at 9 miles per hour (15 km / h) in a westerly direction and will continue to do so for the first part of the day.

Then it will make a slow turn towards the west-northwest and will continue in that direction until Tuesday as its winds gain more force in the advance.

According to the trajectory pattern, the center of Eta will approach the northeastern coast of Nicaragua this afternoon and make landfall somewhere between the border with Honduras and Sandy Bay Sirpi in the early hours of Tuesday morning with a major hurricane force.

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At the moment there are already reports in Twitter According to the newspaper La Huella, affected by the heavy rains, in Tela, a city on the Caribbean coast of Honduras, some evacuations were carried out due to Hurricane Eta.

Hurricane Eta Nicaragua Honduras

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In category 3 are hurricanes with winds between 178 and 209 km / h, in category 4 those of 210 to 251 km / h and in category 5 those of 252 km / h and more.

After the impact and the consequent weakening, Eta will remain over northern Nicaragua until early Wednesday morning.

This entire area is under a hurricane warning, but there are other warnings issued by the NHC for the northeast coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca to the border with Nicaragua and for the northern Honduran coast from Punta Patica west of Punta Castilla.

Hurricane force winds extend up to 25 miles (35 km) from central Eta and tropical storm winds (weaker) up to 115 miles (185 km).

Apart from the wind and rain, which will affect, in addition to Nicaragua and Honduras, parts of Guatemala, Belize, Panama and Costa Rica, Jamaica, southeastern Mexico, El Salvador, southern Haiti and the Cayman Islands, the largest danger is the storm surge accompanied by strong waves and currents.

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The sea can rise up to 18 feet (5.4 meters) above its normal level in the area under hurricane warning and up to 10 feet (3 meters) in the surrounding area of ​​Honduras.

The waves will affect parts of the Central American coast and the Yucatan peninsula (Mexico) in the coming days.

It is the first time the Eta name has been used since storms are named according to an annual list, meaning 2020 is a record year in the Atlantic.

When the list is exhausted, the letters of the Greek alphabet are used and this has been the case this year until reaching Eta.

So far there have been 28 named tropical storms, of which 12 have been hurricanes, with the whole of November left until the season officially ends.

With information: Agencia Efe

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Storm Eta gains strength and could become a hurricane

Just a few hours ago it was reported that tropical storm Eta, which had just formed, was gaining strength and could become a hurricane, according to information published by AP News.

According to the report, meteorologists expected the newly formed storm tropical Eta became a hurricane on Monday, shortly after forming in the Caribbean and equaling the record for most storms formed by names in an Atlantic hurricane season.

The system showed maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (40 miles per hour), according to a report from the US National Hurricane Center.

It was centered 345 kilometers (215 miles) south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and 700 kilometers (435 miles) east of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras.

Forecasters expect Storm Eta to become a hurricane by Monday, and by Tuesday morning it will be near the northeastern coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras.

A hurricane watch was issued for areas in both countries. Eta was moving west at about 24 km / h (15 mph).

The meteor could dump up to 38 centimeters (15 inches) of rain in parts of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and the southern coast of Hispaniola by Thursday night. In isolated spots in Honduras and Nicaragua, up to 76 centimeters (30 inches) of water could be registered.

This is the 28th named storm this Atlantic season, equaling the 2005 record for named storms. However, it is the first time that the Greek letter eta has been used for a storm because in 2005, meteorologists determined when the season was over that an unnamed storm was eligible for a name.

There is still a month left of hurricane season, which ends on November 30. In 2005, Zeta was formed in late December.

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