Reports of damage caused by Eta’s cataclysm from rain, wind, and flooding in Nicaragua and Honduras have begun to come out, but it may take a few days until residents there can fully survey. impact.
Even though it has weakened, the storm will remain in the region for the coming days, bringing “catastrophic, life threatening flash floods, floods and landslides,” according to the NHC.
This weekend, the hurricane is expected to reappear in the Caribbean and possibly pass through Cuba on Sunday. That means by the end of the week, Eta could threaten the Southeastern United States – particularly Florida, within the hurricane’s forecast cone.
Flooded on the ground and torn roof
According to Reuters, Guillermo Gonzalez, head of the National Disaster Management Agency, the storm accelerated roofs, fell trees, power lines and flooded in Puerto Cabezas, a city in one of the poorest region of Nicaragua.
“We are really scared. There are electric poles falling, there are floods, the roofs are ripped off,”; said Carmen Enriquez, a Puerto Cabezas resident, according to Reuters.
Earlier, a local priest told the news agency that the city had no electricity and that the government shelters were running at full capacity.
In the north, homes are also flooded in Lancetilla, Honduras, amid heavy rains. Rivers have overflowed, cities and towns flooded, and landslides are covering roads in Honduras, Reuters reported.
Storm warnings were in effect for a stretch of about 150 miles of Nicaragua’s coastline, from the Honduras / Nicaragua border south to Sandy Bay Sirpi on Nicaragua’s east-central Caribbean coast. Honduras is no longer subject to a hurricane warning, but is still on a tropical storm warning, the NHC said.
According to UNICEF, nearly half a million children are among the more than 1.2 million people who could be affected by the storm, which has provided emergency supplies and developed a plan to meet children’s needs. children and family, according to a statement from the agency.
Torrential rains can lead to life-threatening conditions
According to the NHC, the storm could endanger Nicaragua and other Central American countries for days, including more than 3 meters of rain in isolated regions of Nicaragua and Honduras this week.
“This rainfall will lead to catastrophic, life-threatening flash floods, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain in Central America,” said NHC.
Rain forecast until Sunday morning, according to NHC:
• Much of Nicaragua and Honduras: Generally, 15-25 inches, with isolated quantities up to 40 inches.
• East Guatemala and Belize: Generally 10-20 inches, with isolated quantities up to 25 inches.
• Parts of Panama and Costa Rica: Generally, 10-15 inches, with isolates up to 25 inches.
• El Salvador and southeastern Mexico: Generally 5-10 inches, with isolates up to 15 inches.
• Jamaica, southern Haiti and the Cayman Islands: In general, add 3-5 inches, with total isolated storms over 15 inches.
As the 28th named storm in the Atlantic this season, it ties the record for the number of named storms in a single season set in 2005.
CNN’s Jason Hannah, Theresa Waldrop, Michael Guy, Taylor Ward and Tyler Mauldin contributed to this report.