Eta knocked down power lines and trees while damaging roofs and causing flooding in Puerto Cabezas. Click to enlarge (CNS): Hurricane Eta was packing winds of more than 90mph on Monday morning as it moved westward over 300 miles south of Grand Cayman. [123] In Brickell, recently installed storm water pumps to deal with tidal flooding and storms helped clear the flood water from the rain and high tide event. [121], The outer bands of Eta brought tropical storm-force gusts to South Florida beginning on November 7. [27] It then held its strength and decelerated slightly before making landfall on the south central coast of Cuba at 09:00 UTC. Eta made history last week when it matched the strength of Hurricane Laura, the strongest storm of the brutal 2020 hurricane season, with winds peaked at 150 mph. Eta had maximum sustained winds of 100km/h on Sunday night and was centred about 45km east-northeast of Marathon, Florida. Meteorologists for the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) say that tropical storm Eta is showing more uncertainty than normal and it won't be until Wednesday that a clear path projection can be made. [24][25][26] Despite the continued effects of strong wind shear, the storm continued to strengthen throughout the day and reached a secondary peak intensity with winds of 65 mph (100 km/h) and a pressure of 991 mbar (hPa; 29.27 inHg) at 00:00 UTC on November 8. Eta tripled in strength in about 24 hours, rapidly intensifying from a 65km/h storm Sunday morning to a 120km/h hurricane around midday Monday, and continuing to gain power throughout the day. Eta brought heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the Cayman Islands and Cuba, the latter of which was already dealing with overflowing rivers that prompted evacuations. About 98 tons of food and water were given to Nicaragua and Honduras from Panama. Many places are currently without power. [135], With assistance from CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres), the Government of Guatemala focused relief efforts in the departments of Izabal, Petén, and Alta Verapaz. Zierden said that Eta’s path from Central America to Florida was no fluke, storms that form in the central and western Caribbean often turn to the north and enter the Gulf of … [2] At 12:00 UTC on October 29, the area of focus shifted to two merging tropical waves moving into the Eastern Caribbean that were expected to enter the region. (This graphic shows Hurricane Iota's forecast path, in red, its path history as a white line, and Hurricane Eta's path history in early November, as a yellow line. [127], On November 11, a sailboat became lodged partially underneath the Matlacha Bridge, causing the bridge to be temporarily closed thus cutting off transportation to and from Pine Island. In Tabasco, more than 10 rivers have overflowed their banks. It's unclear where Eta would go after Thursday, but it's believed the tropical storm will remain at that strength level the entire path. [19] It fell below major hurricane status just three hours after landfall at 00:00 UTC on November 4. The record-tying twenty-eighth named storm, twelfth hurricane and fifth major hurricane of the extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Eta originated from a vigorous tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean Sea on October 31. More watches were issued in parts of Cuba, the northwestern Bahamas, and South Florida. Eta has already made history and matched the strength of the strongest storm of the tumultuous 2020 hurricane season – Hurricane Laura – when … After barely holding onto tropical storm strength for 15 hours, Eta began to intensify quickly, reaching hurricane status at 09:00 UTC on November 2. MPO road crews were dispatched to ensure highways remained clear for travel. Nationwide, 1,991 people required evacuation due to floods and landslides. Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne said the strength of the storm over time will determine what direction it will take. Gordon had a … In Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 140 people were rescued from a school when floodwaters reached the first-floor windows. [77][110], The outer bands of Hurricane Eta brought heavy rainfall to portions of Costa Rica. The storm earlier cut a deadly path through Central America. Accumulations generally exceeded 2.8 in (70 mm) with a maximum of 6.3 in (160 mm) in the La Unión Department. [citation needed], Initial relief efforts in Nicaragua were stymied by extensive flooding and persistent rainfall. Just two weeks later Hurricane Iota, a Category 5 storm at its strongest, traveled the same path through the region. Eta has already made history and matched the strength of the strongest storm of the tumultuous 2020 hurricane season -- Hurricane Laura -- when its … Towns around Puerto Cabezas in particular were devastated by Eta and debris remained strewn across the area. [131] Losses statewide were estimated at US$1 billion. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). This also brought it into an area of even dryer air, causing the storm to weaken and its radius of gale-force winds to shrink. [113] The highway that connects the province of Chiriquí with Bocas del Toro collapsed near Hornito, blocking the passage of vehicles in both directions. As of 4 a.m. Monday, the National Hurricane Center said Eta was 45 miles north-northwest of Key West and 65 miles south of Naples, with winds extending 310 miles from the center. Click to enlarge (CNS): Hurricane Eta was packing winds of more than 90mph on Monday morning as it moved westward over 300 miles south of Grand Cayman. Tropical Storm Eta has formed in the Caribbean and may become a hurricane in a few days. As Tropical Storm Eta bears down on Florida, there's some concern that the storm's winding path may not be over just yet. As of now it’s not expected to threaten the U.S. (for a change). [13][14] By this time, Eta had begun to slow down and turn west-southwestward in response to a mid-level ridge over the south-central United States. It later reorganized over the Caribbean as it accelerated toward Cuba on November 7. [76], The National Civil Protection System in Panama, Sinaproc, reported that 200 homes were damaged by rainfall, possibly associated with Eta. [109] Infrastructural damage were amounted to be exceed Q3 billion (US$386 million). In light of the huge destruction as a consequence of Hurricane Eta and possibly Hurricane Iota following in its path, the Inter-American Development Bank has agreed to match every dollar up to US$ 50,000 for Central America’s ‘We Are with You’ Campaign. Just weeks after Hurricane Eta devastated swathes of Central America, another fierce hurricane has killed several people and forced thousands of others to flee their homes. (The contours above show the chance of tropical-storm-force winds (at least 39 mph), according to the latest forecast by the National Hurricane Center.) It was moving west-northwest at 22km/h. [86] Agricultural loss was estimated at US$11 million. [59], Costa Rica's National Meteorological Institute forecast widespread rainfall in association with the outer bands of Eta, primarily along the Pacific coastline. “Nonetheless, on 2 November the government continued calling for … [115], At least 27 people died as heavy rains attributed to Eta caused swelled streams and rivers. In the coming days, the storm -- or whatever is left of it -- could make a loop and head back into the Caribbean, and then, maybe move over Florida. [53] The Honduran Air Force prepared two planes to send 4,000 pounds of food to La Mosquitia, Gracias a Dios. Moisture from the storm also combined with a cold front further to the north bringing heavy rainfall and flash flooding to the Carolinas and Virginia, killing another five people in these states. Only one more named storm is needed for the year 2020 to break that record. Then, forecasters say there are a range of scenarios that could unfold. [25], On November 6, tropical storm watches were issued for the Florida Keys and parts of the coast of the Florida peninsula. [6][7] At 03:00 UTC on November 1, the system intensified into Tropical Storm Eta,[8] becoming the earliest 28th tropical or subtropical storm on record in an Atlantic hurricane season, surpassing the old mark of December 30, which was set by Tropical Storm Zeta in 2005. “By 1 November, the information about the strength and path of Hurricane Eta was already known,” said Moreno. [108] However, the searching was called off two days later. [136][137] Extreme rainfall and mudflows caused by the storm destroyed or damaged much of what was being rebuilt. [81] Among the dead were at least four people, including three children, who were killed in the mountains outside the north coast city of Tela due to different landslides. A peak wind gust of 53 mph was reported in these outer bands near Dania Beach on November 7. [11] Six hours later, the storm strengthened into a high-end Category 2 hurricane as a small pinhole eye became apparent in visible satellite imagery. On the forecast track Eta is expected to be near the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras by Monday night. Forecasters said they anticipate Eta to strengthen past its current wind speeds of 50 mph, possibly to hurricane status again, though it would be brief. 2020 has now tied 2005 for the most named storms to form in the Atlantic in a single season on record. The storm will stay in … The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Hurricane Eta projected path as of Tuesday, Nov. 3 National Hurricane Center Authorities in Nicaragua and Honduras had moved people Monday from outer islands and low-lying areas to shelters. The 2020 hurricane season has been unusually active, but now it's officially breaking records. Eta could become a hurricane by Monday. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. [119], Eta bought heavy rainfall in areas already dealing with overflowing rivers. A total of 6 homes were destroyed while another 64 homes and 24 businesses suffered damage. [135] By November 7, Taiwan and the United States collectively provided US$320,000 in funding to Guatemala to purchase food and water. [43] On the next day, Eta was absorbed into another frontal system to the north. All rights reserved (About Us). Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States. The IFRC expressed concern over an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder, similar to what took place after Hurricane Mitch in 1998. After several days of uncertainty regarding the path of Eta, officials with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) now project that the storm will make landfall on the west coast of Florida. 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Despite passing north of the San Andrés Island, part of the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, Eta still brought considerable damage to the island. Relief efforts for those affected by the storm were extensive and widespread, involving several countries. Government schools were closed in the islands on November 6 due to the threat of Eta. [140], For similarly-named storms in the Western Pacific, see, Hurricane Eta just prior to peak intensity east of. Back-to-back hurricanes have unleashed heavy winds, rain, and severe flooding and landslides across Central America. Eta is expected to strengthen fairly quickly, and hurricane watches have been issued in Nicaragua and Honduras. Eta is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane in a few days and threaten Central America. It soon became extratropical and dissipated off the Eastern United States the next day. [56] In response to Hurricane Eta, in order to limit movements and protect human lives, the Honduran government canceled the Morazanico national holiday. Current Wave Heights Track History The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has given birth yet to another threatening weather disturbance that is taking the same path as Hurricane Eta. Tropical Storm Eta hovered Tuesday over the coast of western Cuba after drenching South Florida on Monday as a record-setting 29th named storm headed east over the Atlantic. [92], As Eta neared landfall, its powerful winds downed power lines and trees while causing flooding and damaging roofs in Puerto Cabezas. More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages. Tropical storm conditions are forecast by late Sunday in the Florida Keys and along portions of the southeast Florida coast, according to the hurricane center. An emergency appeal for 20 million Swiss francs (US$22 million) was made to supplement local Red Cross activities in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. [125] Street flooding occurred in Broward, northern Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. Shortly after its upgrade, however, another shot of dry air rapidly eroded the convective pattern and caused the eye feature to dissipate, causing Eta to weaken back into a tropical storm at 18:00 UTC. [105] Total economic losses in Honduras are estimated in excess of 125 billion lempiras (US$5 billion). Hurricane tracking maps, current sea temperatures, and more. [31] It then passed just south of the extreme southwestern coast of Florida as it turned westward. Eta is forecast to become a major hurricane before making landfall in Nicaragua. Much like Tropical Storm Mitch and Hurricane Eta, Gordon developed in the western Caribbean off the east coast of Nicaragua south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall today. 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