Flooding caused 559 residents to flee their homes and two others had to be rescued. [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. [123] Florida Power & Light reported just over 30,000 power outages in the Miami metropolitan area, including nearly 16,000 in Miami-Dade County alone. [77], The National Civil Protection System in Panama, Sinaproc, reported that 200 homes were damaged by rainfall, possibly associated with Eta. Early on November 1, the governments of Honduras and Nicaragua issued Hurricane Watches and Warnings for the northeastern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Honduras–Nicaragua border and the northeastern coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras–Nicaragua border to Puerto Cabezas, respectively. [69] On November 7, Hurricane Watches and Warnings were issued parallelly for much of the Florida peninsula and both Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches were extended further north. The system was expected to approach the Florida Keys and south Florida late Sunday or Monday. [103] A 13-year-old girl was killed when a mudflow caused her home to collapse in the village of Carmen. But Mejía’s body was later recovered. Eta knocked down power lines and trees while damaging roofs and causing flooding in Puerto Cabezas. Several Emergency Response Units stationed globally were to be dispatched to affected areas. Today, Eta moved on and is now a Tropical Depression heading northeast of Cuba. Keep discussions on topic, avoid personal attacks and threats of any kind. Eta initially hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, and authorities from Panama to Mexico were still surveying the damages following days of torrential rains during the week. [32] Eta then turned southwestward under the influence of a strong deep-layer ridge across the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, and near the US East Coast. An emergency appeal for 20 million Swiss francs (US$22 million) was made to supplement local Red Cross activities in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. “Mirian had her two children and suddenly the current grabbed them and she wasn’t able to get her mom.”. [81] An estimated 343,000 people were directly affected by the storm. A dangerous storm surge of 2 to 4 feet is also forecast along the coast of Cuba near where Eta makes landfall Sunday. [135] The agency began relief operations on November 4 in Nicaragua, and soon expanded to neighboring nations. MPO road crews were dispatched to ensure highways remained clear for travel. [76] A bridge crossing the Río Grande de Zacapa in Jocotán was washed away. [110] Infrastructural damage were amounted to be exceed Q3 billion (US$386 million). But, in her wake, there is widespread of flooding and some damage to infrastructure throughout the country. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for southern Florida and the Florida Keys, and warnings were issued for central Cuba; parts of southern Florida and the Keys were even put under a hurricane watch. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Tropical Storm Eta lashes Florida after slamming Cuba At least one person was killed in Honduras, with over 100 people feared dead in Guatemala, after it hit Central America as a Category 4 hurricane. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A strengthened Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on Cuba early Sunday and had its sights set on the southern tip of Florida after leaving dozens dead and over 100 missing in Central America, where it hit last week as a major hurricane. [46] A tropical storm watch was also issued from west of Punta Patuca westward to Punta Castilla late that same day. [116][117][118] Residents in low-lying areas of San Ignacio had to be evacuated from their homes. [121] Coastal zones in Cuba were also flooded and about 25,000 people were forced to evacuate. Landslides were expected in many areas due to saturated soils. In southern Mexico, across the border from Guatemala, 20 people died as heavy rains attributed to Eta caused mudslides and swelled streams and rivers, according to Chiapas state civil defense official Elías Morales Rodríguez. In all, 11 deaths were attributed to the storm in the U.S. Nearly $8 billion in damages have been reported across all affected areas by Eta as of December 2020.[1]. In Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 140 people were rescued from a school when floodwaters reached the first-floor windows. [136] The IFRC dispatched a plane and two trucks carrying 98 tons of relief goods from Panama to Honduras and Nicaragua by November 10. [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). [88], Communities along the Macal and Mopan rivers in western Belize experienced severe flooding due to Hurricane Eta. One person was taken to the hospital in South Florida after being rescued from flooded roads. [56] In response to Hurricane Eta, in order to limit movements and protect human lives, the Honduran government canceled the Morazanico national holiday. Tropical depression Eta is expected to strengthen as it moves toward the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and Florida as rescue crews in Guatemala search for … [86], Hurricane Eta had disastrous effects on Honduras, largely due to catastrophic flooding. Heavy rainfall and tropical-storm force winds were recorded across all of the Florida Keys, South Florida and the southern half of Central Florida, bringing widespread flooding. A hurricane watch and a tropical storm … [108] The village of Queja near San Cristobal Verapaz in the center of the country was particularly hard-hit, with a landslide burying 150 homes. [3] The disturbance steadily moved westward into a more favorable upper-level environment and very warm waters. [99] In La Ceiba, floodwaters rushed through streets, and the flooding also washed away a structure at a local cemetery. A strengthened Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on Cuba early Sunday and had its sights set on the southern tip of Florida after leaving dozens dead and over 100 missing in Central America, where it hit last week as a major hurricane. Its slow, meandering path north through Honduras pushed rivers over their banks. By Confidencial. Eta breached Cuba even as searchers in Guatemala were still digging for people believed buried by a massive, rain-fueled landslide. Mirian Esperanza Nájera Mejía had fled her home in the dark with her two children and Mejía, her mother. An increase of 1500 m3s−1 in flow at the Peñitas Dam has prompted evacuation plans. About 100 homes were damaged by flooding and landslides. This came after Eta became forecast to become a tropical storm again before brushing by the islands. [99] In Santa Barbara a 2-year-old girl was killed when she and her mother were swept away by floodwaters; the mother survived. Accumulations generally exceeded 2.8 in (70 mm) with a maximum of 6.3 in (160 mm) in the La Unión Department. Eta previously made landfall on the south-central coast of Cuba early Sunday. [57], The Civil Protection Directorate of El Salvador evacuated residents in Tecoluca after setting up 1,152 shelters across the country. 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. [17] Despite remaining in a favorable environment, Eta began to weaken six hours after its peak intensity due to an eyewall replacement cycle, which it completed just as it made landfall at 21:00 UTC south of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, with winds of 140 mph (225 km/h) and a pressure of 940 mbar (hPa; 27.76 inHg). Links will not be permitted. [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. Spent childhood listening to Ramayana and Mahabharata: Barack Obama in memoir [60], Although not in the direct path of Eta, the fringe effects of the hurricane were expected to cause disruptions in Panama. Eta rapidly weakened to a tropical depression as it meandered across Central America for two days before moving north over water. An estimated 2.5 million people were directly affected by the storm, including 1.7 million in Honduras. [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). (Photo by Seth Sidney Berry / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images). [18] Land interaction caused Eta to rapidly weaken as it moved slowly westward after landfall with its eye disappearing and its central convection weakening. Wave action off the coast caused minor flooding on the coasts. [30] At 04:00 UTC on November 9, Eta made its third landfall on the Lower Matecumbe Key in the Florida Keys with the same intensity as its Cuban landfall. A tropical storm warning also is in effect for the Cayman Islands, portions of central Cuba and the northwestern Bahamas. [citation needed], Initial relief efforts in Nicaragua were stymied by extensive flooding and persistent rainfall. Maximum sustained winds had decreased slightly to 60 mph (95 kph). People walk around a road blocked by a landslide in Purulha, northern Guatemala Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. 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. They urged residents to secure their boats and encouraged visitors to consider altering plans until Eta had passed. It later reorganized over the Caribbean as it accelerated toward Cuba on November 7. To date, the Ortega-Murillo regime has not presented an official balance on the effects of the hurricane, and they have refused to recognize the deaths of two artisanal miners as the result of the rains in Siuna among the ETA victims.. [129] A man died in Bradenton Beach when he was electrocuted by an appliance in standing water caused by the storm and a firefighter was injured as he tried to access the home. At least eleven [91] people were killed due to flooding in the Carolinas, including a child, while over 33 people were rescued in a flooded campground. [95] The Wawa River that connects Puerto Cabezas to the rest of Nicaragua overflowed its banks. [61] The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) advised residents to stay vigilant for possible flooding and landslides. [31] It then passed just south of the extreme southwestern coast of Florida as it turned westward. In Cuba, Eta continued to flood coastal zones and … Eta had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph when it struck on Lower … The IFRC expressed concern over an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder, similar to what took place after Hurricane Mitch in 1998. A peak wind gust of 53 mph was reported in these outer bands near Dania Beach on November 7. Donations worth millions of USD had been given to affected countries to help recoveries. 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. [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. Authorities say 15 people are confirmed dead and at least 109 are missing in Guatemala, many of them in the landslide in San Cristobal Verapaz. [65], On November 6, the Government of Cuba issued a tropical storm watch for the provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Matanzas, La Habana, Havana, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth. [99] Four members of the same family died in the municipality of Gualala due to heavy rains. Relief efforts for those affected by the storm were extensive and widespread, involving several countries. [52], A red alert was placed for Honduran departments of Gracias a Dios, Colón, Atlántida, Islas de la Bahía, and Olancho while a yellow alert was declared for Santa Bárbara, Francisco Morazán, Comayagua, El Paraíso, Yoro, and Cortés. . [64] The next day, tropical storm warnings were put into effect for all of the islands. [23] On November 7, following a couple of center reformations, the system became better organized and re-strengthened into a tropical storm at 15:00 UTC on November 7. [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] At least 457 homes were damaged by floodwaters, 41 communities were cut off by washed-out roads, and at least nine bridges were destroyed including one in La Ceiba. In Guatemala, search teams first had to overcome multiple landslides and deep mud just to reach the site where officials have estimated some 150 homes were devastated. Seagoing vessels were alerted to dangerous swells in Caribbean waters along with wind gusts up to 37 mph (60 km/h). It … [136] The governments of Japan and Spain pledged to donate relief items. Once the system began to reorganize in the Caribbean, tropical storm watches were issued on November 5, in the Cayman Islands. [47], With the threat of 14–21 feet (4.3–6.4 m) of storm surge along the coastline, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega issued a yellow alert for the departments of Jinotega, Nueva Segovia, and the North Caribbean Autonomous Region on October 31, which were upgraded to a red alert by November 2. HAVANA (AP) — A strengthening Tropical Storm Eta sliced across Cuba on Sunday and was aimed at the southern tip of Florida, where officials braced for a storm that could hit at hurricane force after leaving scores of dead and over 100 missing in Mexico and Central America.The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said declared hurricane and storm surge warnings for the Keys [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. [35] Eta than began to accelerate north-northeast around the western periphery of a deep-layer subtropical ridge as its the center reformed under this convection and an eye feature formed. [109] However, the searching was called off two days later. It soon became extratropical and dissipated off the Eastern United States the next day. [114] The highway that connects the province of Chiriquí with Bocas del Toro collapsed near Hornito, blocking the passage of vehicles in both directions. [93], As Eta neared landfall, its powerful winds downed power lines and trees while causing flooding and damaging roofs in Puerto Cabezas. Approximately 2.5 million were affected by the storm, including 1.7 million in Honduras. Rescue workers used a helicopter to evacuate survivor Emilio Caal, who said he lost as many as 40 family members and relatives. [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. 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. [139][140], With extensive damage across the country, Honduras's Secretary of Infrastructure and Public Services and Institute for Community Development and Water and Sanitation divided relief operations into three zones. The Eta tropical depression is moving toward Cuba after leaving at least a hundred dead and thousands evacuated in Central America, while in the largest island of the Antilles, authorities reported that the phenomenon could turn into a tropical storm in the next few hours. [78][111], The outer bands of Hurricane Eta brought heavy rainfall to portions of Costa Rica. Caal said he was blown several yards (meters) by the force of the slide, and that none of the others were able to get out. . [59], Costa Rica's National Meteorological Institute forecast widespread rainfall in association with the outer bands of Eta, primarily along the Pacific coastline. [82] 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. [137][138] Extreme rainfall and mudflows caused by the storm destroyed or damaged much of what was being rebuilt. Image Source : AP. In Raleigh, North Carolina, multiple car accidents occurred due to slick roads. [43] On the next day, Eta was absorbed into another frontal system to the north. [127] One of the state's largest COVID-19 testing sites, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, was flooded. 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. Downed trees and tree branches also resulted. [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. In Tabasco, more than 10 rivers have overflowed their banks. Caal, 65, suffered a dislocated shoulder when the landslide sent rocks, trees and earth hurtling onto the home where he was about to sit down to lunch with his wife and grandchildren. All rights reserved. Hurricane Eta hit Nicaragua and Honduras as a Category 4 storm Tuesday, with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour. All lanes of Interstate 95 near the city were closed due to flooding. Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on the south-central coast of Cuba early Sunday and is predicted to bring a dangerous storm surge and life-threatening flash flooding. [54] The National Police of Honduras was tasked to advise passengers of roadways blocked by a landslide or flooding. [107] At least 53 people died across Guatemala, while an additional 96 remain missing. [126] Street flooding occurred in Broward, northern Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. [102] At least 74 people have been killed across Honduras as a result of Eta, mainly due to landslides and drownings. Flooded cars are seen along a highway in San Pedro Sula, days after Hurricane Eta hit the region. The Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras reported that 14 roads and 339 homes were destroyed. ... Friday as it moves toward Cuba … [76] Preliminary damage in the nation were almost ₡10 billion (US$16.5 million). Power outages became widespread across the islands with tropical-storm force winds causing damage to power lines. By November 7, more than 16,000 people had been rescued while 65,912 people remained isolated across 64 communities. [136], The relief effort was severely hampered just two weeks later by the stronger Hurricane Iota, which made landfall approximately 15 miles (25 km) south of where Eta moved ashore. HAVANA: Tropical storm Eta brought strong winds and torrential rain to Cuba on Sunday (Nov 8) after having cut a destructive and deadly path through parts of Central America and southern Mexico. Eta's second approach and landfall brought storm surge and gusty winds to the west coast of Central Florida and supplemental rainfall to northern Florida. [27] It then held its strength and decelerated slightly before making landfall on the south central coast of Cuba at 09:00 UTC. Hurricane Eta ravaged parts of Central America this week as a Category 4 storm and led to the deaths of dozens of people and caused widespread damage. Landslides and rising floodwaters have caused more than 50 deaths in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Eta is forecast to return to sea and regain momentum as a tropical storm, possibly reaching the Cayman Islands, Cuba and southern Florida in the coming days, NHC said. [141], For similarly-named storms in the Western Pacific, see, Hurricane Eta just prior to peak intensity east of. [40] Eta bottomed out with winds of 40 mph (65 km/h) before restrengthening as it began its extratropical transition. [100] In Olanchito, 12 people, including two newborns, were trapped. Some weakening took place as the system made landfall near Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, late that same day. . [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]. RELATED: Devastating Storm ETA Leaves 150 Dead or Missing in Guatemala [101] A wall collapsed at a prison in El Progreso letting in waist-deep floodwaters, causing the evacuation of more than 600 inmates. [128], 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. [119], Eta brushed by the Cayman Islands just as it intensified back into a tropical storm, producing major impacts across the islands with Grand Cayman being hit the hardest. With files from Reuters [72] All the warnings for Florida were cancelled by November 9, only to have more issued the next day along the western side of the state as Eta changed directions.[34][73]. More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages. The Government of Honduras allocated US$2 million in funds and formally appealed for international aid on November 5. 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