Rain-heavy remnants of Hurricane Eta continue to impact Belize, with the closure of the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) on Friday, November 6. While two flights were scheduled to land at Belize’s international airport, local news stations announce a temporary closure due to water on the runway. Eta, now a Tropical Depression, has brought incessant rains since Tuesday; many districts of Belize remain under a flood warning. Although the airport shares it is only a small accumulation of water, flights are rescheduled until Saturday, November 7 due to an abundance of caution; weather conditions are expected to improve. The Philip Goldson International Airport will reopen on Saturday, November 7.
Storm Eta impacts Belize with 10-20 Inches of Rain
The storm that hit Nicaragua as a mighty Category-4 hurricane on Tuesday had become more of a vast tropical rainstorm on Thursday, but it was advancing so slowly and dumping so much rain that much of Central America remains on high alert. Forecasters said the now-tropical depression was expected to regather strength and head towards Cuba and possibly the Gulf of Mexico by early next week. Eta continues to move north off the coast of Belize and a tropical storm watch is in effect for The Cayman Islands. A turn to the northeast is still expected Friday evening that could continue through early Sunday.
The forecast track shows Eta moving across the northwestern Caribbean Sea today, approaching the Cayman Islands Saturday, and be near Cuba Saturday night and Sunday. Although, Eta may head towards Florida later this weekend as a tropical storm, according to a Friday morning update from the National Hurricane Center.