Hurricane Eta was reduced to a Category 2 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, but it brought catastrophic wind damage as Eta’s eyeglasses moved inland from the northeast coast of Nicaragua.

Eta is projected to roll back into the Caribbean, with most models showing it passing or passing through Cuba and approaching southern Florida later this week like a tropical storm. While it is too early to accurately determine the timing, intensity and location of the possible impacts from wind and rainfall, the benefits in Cuba, southern Florida and the Florida Keys should monitor the progress of the Eta of the week.

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Eta is the 12th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the 28th hurricane named the Atlantic this season, marking the 2005 record of named storms, according to Philip Klotzbach, meteorologist. Study 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.

Here’s the latest update from NHC as of 10pm Tuesday, November 3:

What’s out there and where is it?

Hurricane Eta is about 45 miles southwest of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, and moves slowly westward at 6 mph.

How powerful is it?

After rapidly rising to a Category 4 hurricane, with winds reaching 150 miles per hour, Hurricane Eta is now down to 105 and is expected to continue to weaken as the focus continues inland.

The latest forecasts say it will get stronger when it returns to the water and will hit southern Florida later this week as a tropical storm.

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Details of Hurricane Eta

Slow-moving Eta is carrying life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, flash floods and landslides across parts of Central America.

  • Location: about 45 miles southwest of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
  • Maximum sustained wind: 105 miles / hour
  • Current movement: westward at 6 mph

Who is likely to be affected?

After weakening in Central America, Eta is forecast to regain the strength of the tropical storm as it moves through parts of Cuba and approaches southern Florida later this week. Although it is too early to accurately determine the timing, intensity and location of the possible impacts from wind and rainfall, the benefits in Cuba, southern Florida and the Florida Keys should monitor the progress of the Eta of the week.

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Forecasts advise all residents to stay informed and prepared during this very strong storm season.

In Central America, the expected Eta impacts include:

Wind: Catastrophic wind damage could occur when Eta’s eyeglasses move ashore within the storm warning area. Tropical storm conditions are projected in the tropical storm alert area, and possible storm conditions in the storm track area. Tropical storm conditions are likely to hit the Tropical Storm Alert area later today.

Amount of rain: Much of Nicaragua and Honduras can get between 15 and 25 inches of rain, with a specific amount of 35 inches. This precipitation will lead to catastrophic, life-threatening flash floods and floods, along with landslides in higher terrain areas of Central America. Flash floods and river floods will likely occur across Jamaica, southeastern Mexico, El Salvador, southern Haiti and the Cayman Islands.

The storm hit: Dangerous storm surges would cause water levels to rise 14 to 21 feet above normal tidal water levels in onshore windy areas along the Nicaragua coast in the storm warning area and 3 to 3 up to 5 feet along the Honduras coast in a tropical storm warning zone. Near the coast, rising water will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Surf: The Eta-created hurricane is expected to affect part of the Central American coast and Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula in the next few days. These blisters have the potential to cause surfing and potentially life-threatening ripping.

Track the tropics in real time:

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USAT hurricane tracker:

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The storm warning is valid for:

  • Nicaragua Coast from the Honduras / Nicaragua border to Sandy Bay Sirpi

The tropical storm warning is valid for:

  • Honduras’s northeast coast from Punta Patuca to the Honduras / Nicaragua border
  • The Nicaragua Coast goes from south of Sandy Sirpi Bay to Laguna de Perlas.

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