The hurricane has now returned to the Caribbean and is forecast to pass through Cuba from Saturday night to Sunday morning. It is expected to head towards Florida after that.
Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei said at least 50 people died in Guatemala from landslides and floods caused by typhoons.
The expatriate scenes are heartbreaking. People leave their flooded homes, walk to safety in waist-deep water, some with little belongings they can save. In Puerto Barrios, a man was seen carrying a dog to safety in floodwaters, while others were sitting on higher grounds outside their flooded home.
Mr. Giammattei said: “This morning, we have recorded 4 deaths; That number has now reached more than 50 people dying from landslides in the Huehuetenango and San Cristóbal areas.
According to Giammattei, the catastrophic rain caused deadly landslides, leaving at least 25 houses buried in the central area of San Cristóbal, with about 50 people inside.
Rescue teams were on foot to the area as access was severely hampered as roads were destroyed due to heavy rains, the President said.
More than 33,000 people have been affected by landslides and floods so far. At least 1,800 people have been evacuated and 400 are staying in shelters, according to official data.
Tear through Honduras
It’s a very similar scene in Honduras.
A deadly storm hit homes, blew away the corrugated iron roofs and knocked down trees and power lines.
Two people died and six others went missing in the aftermath of Eta. And more than 360,000 people have been affected by the storm, according to the country’s Permanent Preventive Committee.
Severe flooding forced people to put whatever they could save on higher ground. In some neighborhoods, refrigerators, couches and soaked mattresses are left in a pile in dry places where no water is coming.
The latest official figure reveals that more than 3,500 people are currently staying in 41 temporary shelters. The country’s infrastructure has also been hit hard: 9 bridges collapsed, 51 roads damaged and 41 communities are currently isolated.
The area will continue to experience heavy rain until Tuesday morning. East Honduras, eastern Nicaragua, southeastern Mexico, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and parts of Cuba will be affected by rainfall.
Eta on the way to Cuba and Florida
But the tropical depression Eta is not done yet.
It is expected to revert to a tropical storm on Friday morning as it sails northeast toward Cuba.
According to CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford, it is currently forecast to pass through Cuba on Saturday night through Sunday morning before returning to the northwestern and into the Gulf of Mexico early next week.
The hurricane is expected to bring tropical storm winds, surf waves and heavy rainfall. Currently, the storm has sustained winds of 35 miles per hour with stronger gusts of wind. And a tropical storm warning is in effect for the Cayman Islands.
After defeating that area, Eta was expected to head to Florida.
As the hurricane passes through Cuba and across the Florida Strait, it increases the likelihood of heavy rains across southern Florida, especially across the metro area on the east coast.
CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said: “Recent heavy rains across the region have resulted in ground saturation and urban flash floods could become a threat over the weekend and early next week depending on movement of the storm ”.
But it’s not clear how strong Eta will be by the time it approaches Florida, he added.
CNN’s Derek Van Dam, Robert Shackelford, Michelle Mendoza, Kiarinna Parisi, Juan Paz and Tatiana Arias contributed to this report.