[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. The National Hurricane Center called the eastward shift "the biggest surprise" of the day's forecast. [64] The next day, tropical storm warnings were put into effect for all of the islands. Relief efforts for those affected by the storm were extensive and widespread, involving several countries. No one was injured or killed in the incident. The expected path of Eta recalls Hurricane Mitch, from 1998, which killed more than 11,000 people, mostly in Honduras and Nicaragua. Elsewhere, yet another system could evolve over the Caribbean late this week to this weekend, according to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. [134], With damage from Hurricane Eta spanning the entirety of Central America, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a "massive, multi-country operation". Theta, the 29th, was centered Friday south … [75] Across the archipelago, two people were injured and 141 families were affected. [130][131] 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. Theta transitioned to a "regular" tropical storm Tuesday afternoon. 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. Theta, the 29th, was centered Friday night south-southeast of … [27] It then held its strength and decelerated slightly before making landfall on the south central coast of Cuba at 09:00 UTC. The system rapidly organized as it progressed west, with the cyclone ultimately becoming a Category 4 hurricane on November 3. [80] Over 100 people were buried from the landslide, and rescuers began searching them on November 9. Airbnb readied its Open Homes partnership in Honduras and Nicaragua, providing residents with free housing. [99] In Santa Barbara a 2-year-old girl was killed when she and her mother were swept away by floodwaters; the mother survived. 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. [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. An emergency appeal for 20 million Swiss francs (US$22 million) was made to supplement local Red Cross activities in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. [46] A tropical storm watch was also issued from west of Punta Patuca westward to Punta Castilla late that same day. "Almost as quickly as Eta regained hurricane status, it then lost it shortly thereafter," the National Hurricane Center said. MPO road crews were dispatched to ensure highways remained clear for travel. The 2020 hurricane season has been relentless and record-breaking. The 2020 hurricane season has been relentless and record-breaking. The Hurricane Center said Theta poses no immediate threat to any land areas as it spins in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. Overall, at least 178 fatalities across Central America have been attributed to the storm, including 74 in Honduras, 53 in Guatemala, 27 in Mexico, 19 in Panama, two each in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and one in El Salvador. [50] 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. As of 4 a.m. Map showing the location and projected path of Hurricane Eta. Hurricane Eta's arrival in northeast Nicaragua Tuesday followed days of drenching rain as it crawled toward shore. 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. [65][66] Later that day, these were upgraded to tropical storm warnings in some provinces. [57], The Civil Protection Directorate of El Salvador evacuated residents in Tecoluca after setting up 1,152 shelters across the country. Last week, it was unclear whether the storm would strike Louisiana, which has been hit by five tropical storms or hurricanes this year – an all-time record for the state. [96] Two people in the municipality of Bonanza died after they were buried in a landslide while working in a mine. [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. In the Chiapas highlands more than 2000 homes were destroyed. [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. Eta is the record-breaking 12th named tropical system to strike the continental U.S. … [122], The outer bands of Eta brought tropical storm-force gusts to South Florida beginning on November 7. More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. [87] Agricultural loss was estimated at US$11 million. But the storm shifted eastward on Tuesday. [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'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. [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. [76] A bridge crossing the Río Grande de Zacapa in Jocotán was washed away. [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. [citation needed], Initial relief efforts in Nicaragua were stymied by extensive flooding and persistent rainfall. Landslides were expected in many areas due to saturated soils. [88], Communities along the Macal and Mopan rivers in western Belize experienced severe flooding due to Hurricane Eta. [58] The Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River cleared pipes to prevent flooding in communities along the river. Tropical Storm Eta – former Category 4 Hurricane Eta – crashed into Central America on Tuesday with 140-mph winds at landfall. [51] More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages. A hurricane watch has been issued for Florida's west coast as Tropical Storm Eta continued to strengthen. [43] On the next day, Eta was absorbed into another frontal system to the north. [53] The Honduran Air Force prepared two planes to send 4,000 pounds of food to La Mosquitia, Gracias a Dios. Seagoing vessels were alerted to dangerous swells in Caribbean waters along with wind gusts up to 37 mph (60 km/h). "Stay weather aware today South Florida, and have a way to receive warnings!" It later reorganized over the Caribbean as it accelerated toward Cuba on November 7. [76] Preliminary damage in the nation were almost ₡10 billion (US$16.5 million). [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. [67], Late on November 6, tropical storm watches were issued for the northwestern Bahamas. 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[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. Where is Eta now? [112] 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. [103] A 13-year-old girl was killed when a mudflow caused her home to collapse in the village of Carmen. Hurricane season doesn't end until Nov. 30, although storms sometimes form after that date. [3] The disturbance steadily moved westward into a more favorable upper-level environment and very warm waters. The record for named storms in a single season was broken early Tuesday morning with the formation of Subtropical Storm Theta far out in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. [104] In Sulaco, a 15-year-old boy drowned while trying to cross a rain-swollen river. The Nicaraguan Red Cross coordinated distribution of supplies with the nation's government. 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 borderand the northeastern coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras–Nicaragua border to Puerto Cabezas, respectively. A green alert was issued for Copán, Ocotepeque, Lempira, Intibucá, La Paz, Valle, and Choluteca. [111] Despite a ban on fishing activities, one fisherman drowned off the coast of Playa El Espino in the Usulután Department. [124] 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. Eta is the 28th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the 7th Greek alphabet storm. [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. After briefly regaining hurricane strength it weakened once more and accelerated across the Southeastern United States on November 12. Eta was the 28th named storm of this year's hurricane season, tying the 2005 record for named storms. If it regains hurricane strength, that would break the record for most landfalling U.S. hurricanes. Tropical Storm Eta is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge to the Florida Gulf Coast early Thursday with heavy rainfall across west and central Florida and possible flash flooding in south Florida. [25], On November 6, tropical storm watches were issued for the Florida Keys and parts of the coast of the Florida peninsula. © 2020 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. Many Emergency Response Units were to be dispatched globally to help support affected people. Eta made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday evening and left thousands of Floridians without power. About 100 homes were damaged by flooding and landslides. Once the system began to reorganize in the Caribbean, tropical storm watches were issued on November 5, in the Cayman Islands. [41][42] The storm completed its transition on November 13. [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). [10] 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. [99] In La Ceiba, floodwaters rushed through streets, and the flooding also washed away a structure at a local cemetery. In Raleigh, North Carolina, multiple car accidents occurred due to slick roads. [116][117][118] Residents in low-lying areas of San Ignacio had to be evacuated from their homes. [124] 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. [127] One of the state's largest COVID-19 testing sites, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, was flooded. [33][34] 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. The IFRC expressed concern over an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder, similar to what took place after Hurricane Mitch in 1998. [61] The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) advised residents to stay vigilant for possible flooding and landslides. All lanes of Interstate 95 near the city were closed due to flooding. [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. [31] It then passed just south of the extreme southwestern coast of Florida as it turned westward. Full estimates of the tremendous damage in Nicaragua and Honduras might not be available for days or longer. On this path at least two more landfalls seem likely: Cuba on Sunday and possibly South Florida on Monday. 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