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Tropical Storm Eta, which hit the Nicaragua coast as a strong Category 4 hurricane, continued to pour heavy rains on the area, cleaning roads to remote communities and causing life-threatening flash floods. .
During 10 am ET consulting Wednesday, the US National Hurricane Center is Eta’s headquarters approximately 135 miles north-northeast of the capital, Managua, with winds of 50 mph. It is moving westward at 7 mph and is expected to accelerate by the end of Wednesday.
In Bilwi, a town of about 60,000 people where the storm hit Tuesday, people still have no electricity. Tens of thousands of people were left homeless, most of them built of wood with metal roofs. At least three people died from the landslide, including two gold diggers in Nicaragua and a 13-year-old girl from neighboring Honduras.
Heavy rainfall caused a wall to collapse, flooding the waist of a prison in the city of El Progreso, northern Honduras and forced the evacuation of more than 600 prisoners, police commissioner quoted local.
In Honduras, rivers and towns on the Atlantic coast were flooded, and landslides made roads impassable. Even so, Vice President Nicaragua Rosario Murillo said the initial damage was less than frightening.
Cairo Jarquin, Nicaragua’s director of emergency response projects for the Catholic Relief Services, said the immediate concern is providing food and water to remote communities in northeastern Nicaragua, many of them. can now be cut off by floodwaters.
Despite a significant decline in strength, Eta, one of the strongest storms to hit Central America since the deadly Hurricane Mitch of 1998, continues to cause concern, the National Hurricane Center warns. Rainfall is expected to decrease further by 10 to 20 inches in Nicaragua and Honduras, and 15 to 25 inches in eastern Guatemala and Belize as well as substantial amounts in Panama and Costa Rica.
Over the weekend, Eta is expected to turn right back to the Caribbean and reorganize, after which it could strike Cuba over the weekend and possibly Florida on Monday.