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. The area experiencing hurricane force (one-minute average wind speeds of at least 74 mph) and tropical storm force (one-minute average wind speeds of 39-73 mph) winds can extend well beyond the white areas shown enclosing the most likely track area of the center. Tampa Bay awoke Thursday to lingering winds and rain after Tropical Storm Eta passed through overnight, making landfall around 4 a.m. near Cedar Key. Travel Alert November 2020: Major Hurricane Eta to Take a Disturbing Path? In Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 140 people were rescued from a school when floodwaters reached the first-floor windows. Eta, despite a 3½-hour spell as a hurricane Wednesday, had been a tropical storm since Saturday. 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. Track the latest winter storm activity with CNN's storm tracker [20] Eta continued to weaken rapidly, dropping to tropical storm status at 09:00 UTC,[21] and to a tropical depression at 00:00 UTC on November 5. As of 10 p.m. CDT Saturday, Tropical Storm Eta was located about 270 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and was moving west at 15 mph. [29], Eta briefly gained a mid-level eye feature before dry air and wind shear stripped the center of most of its convection, although the storm was able to maintain its intensity as it grew in size and approached South Florida. [44][45] Later that day, a hurricane warning was issued from the Honduras–Nicaragua border to Sandy Bay Sirpi while a tropical storm warning was issued for areas from Punta Patuca to the Honduras–Nicaragua border. Towns around Puerto Cabezas in particular were devastated by Eta and debris remained strewn across the area. A history of twisters: Tornadoes in Florida since 1950s This interactive map, which contains data from January 1950, pinpoints where a cyclone touched down and traces its path of destruction. Forecasters say a record-breaking 29th named storm has formed in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Eta was born just south of Hispaniola on October 31 and quickly strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane that devastated Central America. [114] Flooding in Panama's Chiriqui province, near the Costa Rica border killed 19 people. Eta spawned in the Caribbean and then hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, killing at least 120 people in Central America and Mexico. Current Wave Heights Track History [140], For similarly-named storms in the Western Pacific, see, Hurricane Eta just prior to peak intensity east of. Eta is expected to strengthen fairly quickly, and hurricane watches have been issued in Nicaragua and Honduras. Eta's expected path through Central America while dumping prodigious amounts of rain was already raising references to Hurricane Mitch, the 1998 storm that dumped an estimated 35 inches (890 millimeters) of rain during a slow trek across the region. Six hours later, the storm turned into a high-end Category 2 hurricane as a tiny eye became apparent in satellite imagery. [63], Once the Cayman Islands came close to the cone of Tropical Depression Eta on November 5, tropical storm watches were issued for Grand Cayman and all of the other islands. [4] This allowed it to become better organized going into October 31, although there was some question as to whether it had formed a well-defined low-level circulation (LLC). Eta has already made history and matched the strength of the strongest storm of the tumultuous 2020 hurricane season -- Hurricane Laura -- when its … Track the latest winter storm activity with CNN's storm tracker Access to clean water was significantly disrupted due to high turbidity and power outages, though 60% of service was restored by November 7. Florida in Eta's likely path after hurricane lashes Central America with rains, deadly mudslides Doyle Rice, USA TODAY 11/4/2020 U.S. Army confirms death of Fort Drum soldier Eta’s development means that 2020 has now tied 2005 as the years with the most storms on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Dr. Philip Klotzbach. On October 28, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) began monitoring the Southwestern Caribbean for the expected development of a broad area of low pressure within the following few days. The next day, these were upgraded to tropical storm warnings in the Florida Keys and the southern tip of the peninsula. 2020 has now tied 2005 for the most named storms to form in the Atlantic in a single season on record. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. The Nicaraguan Government provided 88 tons of food to the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region, the hardest hit area. [85], Hurricane Eta had disastrous effects on Honduras, largely due to catastrophic flooding. 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. Then, forecasters say there are a range of scenarios that could unfold. (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.) [5][6] However, by 21:00 UTC that day, satellite and microwave imagery confirmed that an LLC had formed and the NHC began issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Twenty-Nine. [98] In Santa Barbara a 2-year-old girl was killed when she and her mother were swept away by floodwaters; the mother survived. On October 28, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) began monitoring the Southwestern Caribbeanfor the expected development of a broad area of low pressure within the following few days. Hazard Management Cayman Islands said Eta does not pose a threat to Cayman, but as… 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. [51] More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages. Only three other Atlantic hurricane seasons on record have had at least 12 hurricanes, and Eta is the strongest Atlantic hurricane to occur this late in the calendar year since 2016. Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday night. As of now it’s not expected to threaten the U.S. (for a change). [48] Residents in coastal communities were advised to evacuate as supplies, including 88 tons of food, sleeping bags, hygiene kits, and plastic, were delivered to Puerto Cabezas according to SINAPRED. In Tabasco, more than 10 rivers have overflowed their banks. Eta rapidly weakened to a tropical depression as it meandered across Central America for two days before moving north over water. [36] Eta then briefly regained minimal hurricane status at 12:35 UTC on November 11, reaching a fourth peak intensity with winds of 75 mph (120 km/h) and a pressure of 983 mbar (hPa; 29.03 inHg).[37]. The storm swelled rivers and flooded coastal zones in Cuba, where 25,000 had been evacuated. It later reorganized over the Caribbean as it accelerated toward Cuba on November 7. By November 8, 14,362 people remained in shelters and required hygiene supplies. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has given birth yet to another threatening weather disturbance that is taking the same path as Hurricane Eta. *Spanish translations, when available, are courtesy of the NWS San Juan Weather Forecast Office. TAMPA, Fla. - As Tropical Storm Eta weakens to a tropical depression, it continues to cause heavy rainfall and flooding in Central America. There are no coastal warnings in effect, but the National Emergency … [61] The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) advised residents to stay vigilant for possible flooding and landslides. Eta’s expected path through Central America while dumping prodigious amounts of rain was already raising references to Hurricane Mitch, the 1998 storm that dumped an … [35] Eta than began to accelerate north-northeast around the western periphery of a deep-layer subtropical ridge as the center reformed under this convection and an eye feature formed. [135] The IFRC dispatched a plane and two trucks carrying 98 tons of relief goods from Panama to Honduras and Nicaragua by November 10. Back-to-back hurricanes have unleashed heavy winds, rain, and severe flooding and landslides across Central America. One person was taken to the hospital in South Florida after being rescued from flooded roads. The agency planned to set up three types of shelters due to the COVID-19 pandemic: infected persons, suspected infected persons, and non-infected persons. Belize is among the affected countries and every cent collected for Belize will […] [75] Preliminary damage in the nation were almost ₡10 billion (US$16.5 million). The heaviest rains were concentrated along the nation's Pacific coast, especially in Guanacaste Province. After making its third strike over land, this time on U.S. soil, Eta will continue its journey over Gulf waters. [38] The system turned further east and made landfall near Cedar Key, Florida at 09:00 UTC on November 12, with sustained winds of 50 mph (85 km/h). Accumulations generally exceeded 2.8 in (70 mm) with a maximum of 6.3 in (160 mm) in the La Unión Department. [70] Residents of mobile homes and other vulnerable structures in the Florida Keys were told to evacuate ahead of Tropical Storm Eta as a state of emergency was declared in several counties including Monroe and Miami-Dade. A hurricane watch is in effect along the northeastern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Honduras/Nicaragua border and along the northeastern coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras/Nicaragua border to Puerto Cabezas. Vietnam braces for Typhoon Molave, in worst tropical storm season for decades. 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. [129][130] Flooding in Pinellas County caused 33 people to be rescued by the Pinellas County Sheriff Office from homes and roadways and in Gulfport, five sailboats became unanchored and ran aground or were pushed up against a seawall. Eta's extreme intensity at the beginning of its lifetime followed by its erratic path afterwards bought widespread impacts across Central America, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, and Florida with heavy rainfall, strong winds, and flash flooding causing most of the damage. Continuing west because of a ridge, Eta slowly organized throughout the day as cold convection began to form on top of its center. An average hurricane season has twelve named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. The National Hurricane Center declared hurricane and storm surge warnings for area. In San Cristóbal de las Casas many neighborhoods were damaged by the flooding Amarillo and Fogótico rivers. Over the next five days, the system moved erratically, moving through the Florida Keys and stalling in the southern Gulf of Mexico, its intensity fluctuating along the way. Gordon had a … 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. Iota, a Category 4 hurricane, followed a similar path as Hurricane Eta moving west, bringing devastation. 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