Hurricane Eta blasted Nicaragua into a Category 4 hurricane, officials said, bringing catastrophic winds and the possibility of fatal flash floods, landslides and storm surges for the Central American nation.
The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday afternoon that Eta – the fifth largest hurricane of the 2020 season – is traveling at 3 mph across the country’s northeastern coast with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles / hour.
Eta is forecast to create a hurricane that rises to 21 feet and total rainfall 35 inches.
Guillermo González, director of Nicaragua̵7;s emergency management agency, said during a press conference that there were reports of rivers being washed away, corrugated iron roofs flying out of homes and fallen trees, power poles and lines. electricity, AP reported.
According to the AP, so far, no cases of injury or death have been reported.
In Bilwi, the region’s main coastal city, hospital officials have transferred patients to the school campus and thousands remain in shelters, according to the AP.
Military search and rescue teams are scouring the area.
The hurricane underwent a massive surge on Monday, rising to 80 miles per hour in 24 hours and turned into an intense Category 4 hurricane, tied with Hurricane Laura as the strongest storm ever in 2020.
Eta is expected to last long and is forecast to move via Nicaragua and Honduras through Thursday. This weekend, Eta could redevelop on the northwestern Caribbean region, and early next week some predictive models will track it northeast somewhere between the Gulf of Mexico and Cuba.
This forecast is highly uncertain and it is too early to know more details, but everyone in the US should keep an eye on this forecast that will unfold next week.
Eta’s intensity is rare for a November storm. At 150 mph, it becomes the third most powerful storm in November to be recorded.
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