The CNE placed the Central Pacific, the North Pacific, and the canton of Upala under an … The system rapidly organized as it progressed west, with the cyclone ultimately becoming a Category 4 hurricane on November 3. [97] Four members of the same family died in the municipality of Gualala due to heavy rains. [56], The Civil Protection Directorate of El Salvador evacuated residents in Tecoluca after setting up 1,152 shelters across the country. [104] Total economic losses in Honduras are estimated in excess of 125 billion lempiras (US$5 billion). [58], Costa Rica's National Meteorological Institute forecast widespread rainfall in association with the outer bands of Eta, primarily along the Pacific coastline. [96] 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. [22] 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. The two Nicaraguans died … [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. Twenty-six people are currently in shelters due to flooding, per the CNE. In the Chiapas highlands more than 2000 homes were destroyed. In total, the CNE estimates 325,000 people in Costa Rica were affected — directly or indirectly — by the heavy rainfall provoked by Eta, which made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane. [73] Across the archipelago, two people were injured and 141 families were affected. [122][123] Overall, about 48,500 businesses and homes lost electricity throughout South Florida. Panama and Costa Rica: 10 to 15 inches with isolated amounts of 25 inches. [100] At least 74 people have been killed across Honduras as a result of Eta, mainly due to landslides and drownings. [31] 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. The Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras reported that 14 roads and 339 homes were destroyed. [103] A 37-year-old man also drowned in San Manuel, in western Lempira department. Hurricane Eta flooded Guanacaste, Costa Rica, as Hurricane Eta made landfall in nearby Nicaragua on Nov. 3. Nationwide, 1,991 people required evacuation due to floods and landslides. [76][109], The outer bands of Hurricane Eta brought heavy rainfall to portions of Costa Rica. [38] The storm further degraded and weakened over land as it accelerated north-northeastward, eventually emerging over the waters of the Atlantic near the Florida–Georgia border at 18:00 UTC. [120], The outer bands of Eta brought tropical storm-force gusts to South Florida beginning on November 7. Hurricane Eta flooded Guanacaste, Costa Rica, as Hurricane Eta made landfall in nearby Nicaragua on Nov. 3. 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. As the authorities have explained, there is a concern because the passage of Hurricane Eta left conditions of vulnerability. [3] 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). Many Emergency Response Units were to be dispatched globally to help support affected people. [12][13] 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. [87], Communities along the Macal and Mopan rivers in western Belize experienced severe flooding due to Hurricane Eta. In southern Costa Rica, a landslide onto a house killed two residents, a Costa Rican woman and an American man, officials said. [84] Over 80,000 people were affected in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco by rains of Hurricane Eta and a cold front. Saturated soils, swollen rivers, and unstable slopes are among the threats. At 15:00 UTC 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. One of the fiercest storms to hit Central America in years, Eta struck Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday with winds of 150 miles … The heaviest rains were concentrated along the nation's Pacific coast, especially in Guanacaste Province. [80], Heavy rainfall affected much of El Salvador as Eta passed to the northeast. T he National Emergency Commission (CNE) says 79 communities across Costa Rica have reported flooding due to the indirect effects of Hurricane Eta, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm in Nicaragua earlier Tuesday. [60] The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) advised residents to stay vigilant for possible flooding and landslides. Accumulations generally exceeded 2.8 in (70 mm) with a maximum of 6.3 in (160 mm) in the La Unión Department. Eta also killed five in Panama, four in Honduras, two in Costa Rica, two in Nicaragua. One particular concern about Hurricane Eta is the forward speed. One person was taken to the hospital in South Florida after being rescued from flooded roads. [45] A tropical storm watch was also issued from west of Punta Patuca westward to Punta Castilla late that same day. About 100 homes were damaged by flooding and landslides. Eta rapidly weakened to a tropical depression as it meandered across Central America for two days before moving north over water. The IFRC expressed concern over an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder, similar to what took place after Hurricane Mitch in 1998. [64], 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. [13] At 03:00 UTC on November 3, a Hurricane Hunter aircraft found the system still rapidly intensifying with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph (240 km/h) and a pressure of 927 mbar (hPa; 27.38 inHg) as its forward speed continued to decrease. Queen ‘deeply saddened’ at loss of life following Hurricane Eta The Queen sent a message of condolence to Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan Government provided 88 tons of food to the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region, the hardest hit area. [10] Six hours later, the storm strengthened into a high-end Category 2 hurricane as a small pinhole eye became apparent in visible satellite imagery. [19] Eta continued to weaken rapidly, dropping to tropical storm status at 09:00 UTC,[20] and to a tropical depression at 00:00 UTC on November 5. [52] The Honduran Air Force prepared two planes to send 4,000 pounds of food to La Mosquitia, Gracias a Dios. [97] In Santa Barbara a 2-year-old girl was killed when she and her mother were swept away by floodwaters; the mother survived. Flooding from Hurricane Eta Hits Guanacaste, Costa Rica. [119] Coastal zones in Cuba were also flooded and about 25,000 people were forced to evacuate. On Tuesday afternoon, National Police reported several overflowing rivers in Guanacaste. Preliminary reports from the coast included toppled trees and electric poles and roofs stripped from homes and businesses, said Guillermo González, director of Nicaragua’s emergency management agency. [82][83], According to the country's president, Alejandro Giammattei, at least 60% of the eastern city of Puerto Barrios was flooded with another 48 hours of rain expected. Eta also lashed other Central American countries, with 14 people reported dead in Honduras, five in Panama, two in Nicaragua and two in Costa Rica. Costa Rica's coronavirus measures will continue unchanged in December. [117], 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. The next day, these were upgraded to tropical storm warnings in the Florida Keys and the southern tip of the peninsula. The National Emergency Commission (CNE) updated the alerts from this weekend to the possible effects of Iota. Some weakening took place as the system made landfall near Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, late that same day. [32][33] However, even after its center became sheared to the west of its convection, Eta began to re-intensify again over the warm waters of the Gulf. For example, see this related Tico Times article: Indirect effects of Eta lead to at least 500 evacuated in Costa Rica (my feature photo by Tico Times from this article) Most of us in Costa Rica are fine with no landfall of Hurricane Eta here, it has made landfall in Nicaragua and Honduras and I understand will just scrape Guatemala and Mexico as it heads for Western Florida and Alabama. 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. [43][44] 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. [64][65] Later that day, these were upgraded to tropical storm warnings in some provinces. Hurricane Eta leaves three dead in Nicaragua and Honduras – two men in Nicaragua and a girl in Honduras – due to the intense rains. [86] Agricultural loss was estimated at US$11 million. Power outages became widespread across the islands with tropical-storm force winds causing damage to power lines. Nobody was injured or killed on the ferry. 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. [24], On November 6, tropical storm watches were issued for the Florida Keys and parts of the coast of the Florida peninsula. [70] Later, Hurricane Warnings were issued for the Florida Keys. [citation needed], Initial relief efforts in Nicaragua were stymied by extensive flooding and persistent rainfall. This is not a scenario we are predicting for any of the zones,” explained Alexander Solís, president of the CNE. Over 10 inches (250 mm) of rain fell in some areas of North and South Carolina. Hurricane Iota slams Central America days after Hurricane Eta. [127] 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. Seagoing vessels were alerted to dangerous swells in Caribbean waters along with wind gusts up to 37 mph (60 km/h). [63] The next day, tropical storm warnings were put into effect for all of the islands. [118], Eta bought heavy rainfall in areas already dealing with overflowing rivers. [68] 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. [130] Losses statewide were estimated at US$1 billion. [134] The IFRC dispatched a plane and two trucks carrying 98 tons of relief goods from Panama to Honduras and Nicaragua by November 10. Heavy rainfall related to Eta may lead to flash flooding in other parts of Central America, including Costa Rica. By November 7, more than 16,000 people had been rescued while 65,912 people remained isolated across 64 communities. [137][138], 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. After more than 72 hours of rain, the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE) reported that this Thursday morning a total of 1,361 people woke up in 38 temporary shelters to protect their lives. [92] At the Getsemani School, where 215 people were sheltering, Eta's strong winds ripped 10 sheets of metal off the school's roof. [66], Late on November 6, tropical storm watches were issued for the northwestern Bahamas. Overall, at least 205 fatalities across Central America have been attributed to the storm, including 94 in Honduras, 60 in Guatemala, 27 in Mexico, 19 in Panama, two each in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and one in El Salvador. Many places are currently without power. 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. [79] Over 100 people were buried from the landslide, and rescuers began searching them on November 9. At least eleven [89] people were killed due to flooding in the Carolinas, including a child, while over 33 people were rescued in a flooded campground. [14] According to the NHC, the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center for the Atlantic, Eta maintained its peak winds as it reached its lowest recorded pressure of 923 mbar (hPa; 27.26 inHg) at 06:00 UTC, thus marking its peak intensity as a high-end Category 4 hurricane. [98] In Olanchito, 12 people, including two newborns, were trapped. [109] Despite a ban on fishing activities, one fisherman drowned off the coast of Playa El Espino in the Usulután Department. People left homeless were moved to various shelters after the storm had passed. [134] The governments of Japan and Spain pledged to donate relief items. Wave action off the coast caused minor flooding on the coasts. A green alert was issued for Copán, Ocotepeque, Lempira, Intibucá, La Paz, Valle, and Choluteca. [5][6] At 03:00 UTC on November 1, the system intensified into Tropical Storm Eta,[7] 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. October 25—31, 2005 - Hurricane Beta caused minimal damage and no deaths in Costa Rica. [95] Overall, Eta caused C$6.128 billion (US$178.4 million) of damage in Nicaragua. A ferry leaving Roatán was rocked by large waves and winds with 300 passengers onboard while trying to reach the port of La Ceiba. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. In Costa Rica, this system's indirect influence increased as Hurricane Eta approached Nicaraguan territory, causing intense rainfall in Pacific areas on 2, 3, and 4 … Flooding was reported in Costa Rica as Hurricane Eta made landfall in nearby Nicaragua on November 3. [42] On the next day, Eta was absorbed into another frontal system to the north. [26] It then held its strength and decelerated slightly before making landfall on the south central coast of Cuba at 09:00 UTC. Hurricane Eta flooded Guanacaste, Costa Rica, as Hurricane Eta made landfall in nearby Nicaragua on Nov. 3. [53] The National Police of Honduras was tasked to advise passengers of roadways blocked by a landslide or flooding. Map of weather alerts in Costa Rica related to Hurricane Eta. Airbnb readied its Open Homes partnership in Honduras and Nicaragua, providing residents with free housing. (via CNE.) By November 8, 14,362 people remained in shelters and required hygiene supplies. [23][24][25] 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. [9] After remaining at minimal tropical storm strength for 15 hours, Eta began to explosively intensify, reaching hurricane status at 09:00 UTC on November 2. Hurricane ETA hits Costa Rica. In Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 140 people were rescued from a school when floodwaters reached the first-floor windows. But the hurricane is also expected to cause damage farther inland, as it … [122] Heavy rainfall also impacted the region, with a peak total of 15.79 in (401 mm) in Miramar, while rain gauges in Davie, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, and Sunrise observed more than 10 in (250 mm) of precipitation. [126], 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. [99] A wall collapsed at a prison in El Progreso letting in waist-deep floodwaters, causing the evacuation of more than 600 inmates. [134], A member of Restoring Family Links was dispatched to Honduras for administrative assistance. In San Cristóbal de las Casas many neighborhoods were damaged by the flooding Amarillo and Fogótico rivers. [48] The Nicaraguan Navy helped evacuate more than 3,000 families from offshore islands to Puerto Cabezas as residents in the city waited in long lines to access cash machines while getting supplies. Donations worth millions of USD had been given to affected countries to help recoveries. [47] 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. 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. [75], The National Civil Protection System in Panama, Sinaproc, reported that 200 homes were damaged by rainfall, possibly associated with Eta. 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. The Nicaraguan Red Cross coordinated distribution of supplies with the nation's government. [93] The Wawa River that connects Puerto Cabezas to the rest of Nicaragua overflowed its banks. [11] Eta then reached Category 3 status at 18:00 UTC before becoming a Category 4 hurricane three hours later, with prolific lightning being observed in its eyewall. [17] Land interaction caused Eta to rapidly weaken as it moved slowly westward after landfall with its eye disappearing and its central convection weakening. QCOSTARICA – Hurricane ETA at the doors of Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast is the cause of the evacuation of 63 people in Costa Rica’s Pacific coastal towns of … [128][129] 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. [108] Infrastructural damage were amounted to be exceed Q3 billion (US$386 million). Once the system began to reorganize in the Caribbean, tropical storm watches were issued on November 5, in the Cayman Islands. Authorities reported 79 road blockages, three damaged or destroyed bridges and 20 communities that suffered impairment to drinking water. Flooding was reported in Costa Rica as Hurricane Eta made landfall in nearby Nicaragua on November 3.There were numerous incidents of flooding, mostly … [97] In La Ceiba, floodwaters rushed through streets, and the flooding also washed away a structure at a local cemetery. No one was injured or killed in the incident. [85], Hurricane Eta had disastrous effects on Honduras, largely due to catastrophic flooding. Relief efforts for those affected by the storm were extensive and widespread, involving several countries. Costa Rica and Panama, two of the region's biggest banana and pineapple exporters, are not expected to be heavily impacted. 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[134], 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. About 98 tons of food and water were given to Nicaragua and Honduras from Panama. ... soaked region that’s already lost over 100 lives from the impacts of Hurricane Eta. After briefly regaining hurricane strength it weakened once more and accelerated across the Southeastern United States on November 12. [49] Just before the storm's arrival, the Nicaraguan Army moved red-helmeted troops to Puerto Cabezas to help in search and rescue efforts that would occur due to Eta. With flooding beginning during the overnight hours of November 2, the National Emergency Commission (NCE) established multiple shelters for evacuees. A compilation of footage from southern Costa Rica showing the bad damage done by Hurricane Eta to the region on November 3. [133] Numerous agencies coordinated with the IFRC to establish shelters and provide relief. [15] However, it was reported by The Washington Post that several meteorologists believed Eta peaked as a Category 5 hurricane based on satellite imagery estimates as well as a lack of aircraft observations due to several mechanical issues. Access to clean water was significantly disrupted due to high turbidity and power outages, though 60% of service was restored by November 7. Hurricane Eta was a devastating Category 4 hurricane that wreaked havoc across parts of Central America in early November 2020. [74] Preliminary damage in the nation were almost ₡10 billion (US$16.5 million). [135][136] Extreme rainfall and mudflows caused by the storm destroyed or damaged much of what was being rebuilt. The Autonomous Executive Port Commission considered temporarily closing the El Salvador International Airport due to Eta. Flooding caused 559 residents to flee their homes and two others had to be rescued. 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. No one was injured or killed in the incident. [106] The village of Queja near San Cristobal Verapaz in the center of the country was particularly hard-hit, with a landslide burying 150 homes. Eta knocked down power lines and trees while damaging roofs and causing flooding in Puerto Cabezas. Eta is projected to hit Nicaragua, before moving northward to Honduras and Guatemala. [69] 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. [37] The system turned further east and made landfall near Cedar Key, Florida at 09:00 UTC on November 12, possessing sustained winds of 50 mph (85 km/h). According to the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), Guanacaste and other Pacific regions should expect heavy rains to continue over the next 36 to 48 hours. Several Emergency Response Units stationed globally were to be dispatched to affected areas. (via CNE.). [29] 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. [80] An estimated 343,000 people were directly affected by the storm. All lanes of Interstate 95 near the city were closed due to flooding. [127] Around the same area two other boats sank due to turbulent surf caused by the storm and a dock at the Bridgewater Inn floated away. [113] Flooding in Panama's Chiriqui province, near the Costa Rica border killed 19 people. The American, Swiss, Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, and German Red Cross were positioned to assist any operations. [16] 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). Hurricane Eta makes landfall in Costa Rica with destruction. [27] Eta weakened slightly after making landfall in Cuba's Sancti Spíritus Province, but this was short-lived as it quickly moved back over water in the Atlantic Ocean and began to re-strengthen again as it turned sharply northwestward around the northeastern side of an upper-level low that has formed over the extreme northwestern Caribbean Sea near the Isle of Youth.[28]. [62], 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. As Eta neared landfall, its powerful winds downed power lines and trees while causing flooding and damaging roofs in Puerto Cabezas. [114][115][116] Residents in low-lying areas of San Ignacio had to be evacuated from their homes. [94] Two people in the municipality of Bonanza died after they were buried in a landslide while working in a mine. According to the Saturday night report from the National Hurricane Center of the United States, Eta is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and make landfall in Nicaragua or Honduras late Monday. [4][5] 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. [36] 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. The CNE placed the Central Pacific, the North Pacific, and the canton of Upala under an Orange Alert, indicating that local emergency-response teams are mobilizing to protect citizens and infrastructure from the impacts of persistent rainfall. The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) approved non-reimbursable technical cooperation under the modality of emergency aid in the amount of $500,000.00 to the Republic of Costa Rica to support it in facing the emergency caused by hurricane Eta. [46], 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. In addition, the IMN says those on the Pacific Coast should be cautious of large waves and strong currents. [125] One of the state's largest COVID-19 testing sites, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, was flooded. [110] Multiple reports of flooding and landslides occurred nationwide, 12 rivers saw increased levels, prompting concern for further flooding, and 26 people required evacuation in Corredores and Parrita. Much of Nicaragua and Honduras: Usually, 15-25 inches, with isolated amounts up to 40 inches.. Eastern Guatemala and Belize: Generally, 10-20 inches, with isolated amounts up to 25 inches.. Parts of Panama and Costa Rica: Generally, 10-15 inches, with isolated amounts up to 25 inches.. El Salvador and south-eastern … However, just two weeks later, all efforts were hindered greatly by Hurricane Iota. Downed trees and tree branches also resulted. More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages. [102] In Sulaco, a 15-year-old boy drowned while trying to cross a rain-swollen river. A total of 6 homes were destroyed while another 64 homes and 24 businesses suffered damage. A total of 107 communities experienced power outages. Wind speeds of 75 km/h (47 mph) downed the trees and damaged houses, and Eta also caused severe flooding on the island. Landslides were expected in many areas due to saturated soils. Eta is bringing powerful winds and a huge storm surge as it menaces coastal areas in Honduras and Nicaragua. Guanacaste, the South and Central Pacific regions, and the Central Valley have all received heavy rainfall over the past 48 hours, leading to heavily saturated soils that increase the risk of flooding and landslides. [1] 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. [124] Street flooding occurred in Broward, northern Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. It soon became extratropical and dissipated off the Eastern United States the next day. As of 10 p.m. EST Monday night, the storm was about 45 miles from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, with sustained winds of 150 mph. “If we had a larger impact of the phenomenon, with large-scale flooding and significant danger to the population, we would issue a Red Alert. This came after Eta became forecast to become a tropical storm again before brushing by the islands. The Government of Honduras allocated US$2 million in funds and formally appealed for international aid on November 5. In this context, the president of the institution, Alexander Solís, explained that the Municipal Emergency Committees have attended more … [74] A bridge crossing the Río Grande de Zacapa in Jocotán was washed away. [111] In southern Costa Rica, a landslide onto a house killed two residents, a Costa Rican woman and an American man. Approximately 2.5 million were affected by the storm, including 1.7 million in Honduras. Map of weather alerts in Costa Rica related to Hurricane Eta. “By Monday morning, heavy rains caused by Eta will cause catastrophic and dangerous flash flooding across parts of Central America, as well as landslides.”, warned the US Hurricane Monitoring Center (NHC). [55] In response to Hurricane Eta, in order to limit movements and protect human lives, the Honduran government canceled the Morazanico national holiday. [54] More than 20,000 pounds of food were stored at the Offices of Risk Management and National Contingencies in San Pedro Sula, ahead of the storm. [59], Although not in the direct path of Eta, the fringe effects of the hurricane were expected to cause disruptions in Panama. [133] The agency began relief operations on November 4 in Nicaragua, and soon expanded to neighboring nations. [51], 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. A peak wind gust of 53 mph was reported in these outer bands near Dania Beach on November 7. [21], Despite becoming extremely disorganized, Eta maintained its low-level circulation and began gradually turning northeastward, eventually moving back over the Caribbean Sea on November 6 and accelerating due to the influence of a developing mid- to upper-level trough over the Gulf of Mexico. The South Pacific, Central Valley and Northern Zone all remain under a Yellow Alert, meaning citizens should be prepared for the risk of growing affectation. An emergency appeal for 20 million Swiss francs (US$22 million) was made to supplement local Red Cross activities in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. [114], At least 27 people died as heavy rains attributed to Eta caused swelled streams and rivers. “We are prepared to shelter a large quantity of people if the situation calls for it,” Solís said. Rain/weather forecasts through Sunday morning – The NHC. [112] The highway that connects the province of Chiriquí with Bocas del Toro collapsed near Hornito, blocking the passage of vehicles in both directions. An estimated 2.5 million people were directly affected by the storm, including 1.7 million in Honduras. Two people in the municipality of Bonanzadied after they were buried i… Damage across the archipelago reached COL$3 billion (US$777,000). 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. [18] It fell below major hurricane status just three hours after landfall at 00:00 UTC on November 4. [30] It then passed just south of the extreme southwestern coast of Florida as it turned westward. Iota made landfall just 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of where Hurricane Eta hit on Nov. 3, also as a Category 4 storm. Although Panama and Costa Rica were not in the direct path of Hurricane Beta, storm warnings were issued for the two countries on October 27 as heavy rains, up to 20 in (508 mm), from the outer bands of Beta were possible. [57] The Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River cleared pipes to prevent flooding in communities along the river. Major hurricane moves ashore in same location as Major Hurricane Eta. 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[134], 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. [61], As flooding was a major threat because of heavy rainfalls, a flood warning was issued for all of Belize in preparation for Eta as the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) urged residents to evacuate. [90], Officially, Eta made two landfalls in Florida - it hit the central part of the Florida Keys late Sunday, November 7, and made landfall again at about 4 a.m. Thursday, November 10, near Cedar Key, roughly 130 miles north of Tampa. The Wawa River that connects Puerto Cabezas to the rest of Nicaragua overflowed its banks. [40][41] The storm completed its transition on November 13. 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. [101] A 13-year-old girl was killed when a mudflow caused her home to collapse in the village of Carmen. [131], Moisture from Eta combined with a cold front moving eastward across the Eastern United States, generating extremely heavy rainfall across Virginia and the Carolinas. [71] 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.[33][72]. [67] The next day, these watches were upgraded to tropical storm warnings. Many places are currently without power. [50] More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages. Expand In all, 11 deaths were attributed to the storm in the U.S. The current measures permit for most economic activity to operate with…, Costa Rica suffered 41 new coronavirus-related deaths between Friday and Tuesday for a total of 1,731, according to official data…, The Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, warned Monday that Latin America could suffer in 2021 a…, Furious Category 4 hurricane Eta smashes into Nicaragua, News briefs: Costa Rica news highlights to start your Wednesday, CNE evaluating damages after heavy rains in Guanacaste, Central America awaits the impact of strengthening Hurricane Eta.
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