The storm would create strong winds and cause life-threatening flooding. Some areas can receive up to 50 inches of rain.
Hurricane Eta made landfall on Tuesday afternoon along the northeastern coast of Nicaragua as a “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane.
The National Hurricane Center said the hurricane is expected to bring “life-threatening threats, severe winds, flash floods and landslides across parts of Central America” this week, the National Hurricane Center said.
Heavy rains from the outer bands of Eta have sent rivers to overflow Central America.
As of 16:00 ET Tuesday, the epicenter of Hurricane Eta is about 15 miles south-southwest of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, Storm Center said.
The storm intensified rapidly on Monday. Wind at one point reaches 150 mph.
On Tuesday afternoon, winds stay up to nearly 140 mph with stronger gusts of wind. Weakness will begin after the center moves inland by the end of Tuesday. Storm winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center, and tropical storm winds extend up to 125 miles.
Than: Hurricane Eta is of historic strength, possibly reaching level 5 when it hits Central America on Tuesday
Earlier Tuesday, Guillermo González, director of Nicaragua’s emergency management agency, said in a press conference that when Eta began to land Metal roofs have been reported flying out of houses, trees, falling power poles and power lines, and rising river water in the coastal area.
No deaths or injuries have been reported, he said.
The storm landed near Bilwi, the main coastal city in the region. About 10,000 people have stayed in shelters in that city, and an equal amount has taken refuge in smaller towns in the area, he said. This area has experienced high winds and heavy rain for many hours.
Authorities in Nicaragua and Honduras have moved people from outer islands and low-lying areas to shelters. Residents scrambled to build houses, but very few structures along Nicaragua’s remote Caribbean coast were built to withstand such force.
At a shelter in Bilwi, farmer Pedro Down waited for Eta to arrive late on Monday. “When it comes, it can rip all (the roof) apart and destroy the house, so you have to find a safer place,” he said, holding a child in his arms. “So I came here to save our lives.”
Along Honduras’s northern Caribbean coast, torrential rains from Eta’s outer bands caused several rivers to overflow their shores on Monday, forcibly evacuating.
It could only be the beginning of Eta’s destruction. The hurricane is projected to last all week through Central America, pouring rainfall in feet, not inches.
Forecasts say central and northern Nicaragua to much of Honduras could experience 15 to 25 inches of rain, with 35 inches in isolated areas. Heavy rains can also occur in eastern Guatemala, southern Belize and Jamaica.
Forecasts say there could be a tidal surge about 21 feet higher than the normal tide for the Nicaragua coast.
According to AccuWeather, forecasters suggest that Eta could have the same impact on Central America as Hurricane Mitch from 1998. Mitch hit at the same time of the season, winding through Central America for days and without load. torrential rain. More than 11,000 people lost their lives due to the catastrophic flooding from Mitch, AccuWeather said.
Eta is the 12th hurricane in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the 28th hurricane named the Atlantic this season, marking the 2005 record of named storms, said Philip Klotzbach, meteorologist. at Colorado State University, who specializes in Atlantic basin storm prediction.
Eta is the strongest Atlantic storm at the end of a calendar year since Hurricane Otto in 2016, Klotzbach said.
The hurricane season continues until November 30.
Will Eta affect America?
It is too early to determine whether the United States feels any impact from Hurricane Eta. After landing, Eta was forecast to return to the Caribbean and most models showed it passing through or over Cuba.
Outside of Central America, Eta or a cyclone from Eta could meander northeast over the Caribbean Sea. In that case, the influence in Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas will not be out of question for the second week of November, according to AccuWeather. It is also possible that Eta vanished across Central America.
Storm and track
Contribution: Associated Press
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