- Eye of ‘extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Eta begins moving ashore in Nicaragua
- National Hurricane Center forecasts Eta meandering the mountains of Nicaragua and Honduras before heading north toward Belize as a depression by Friday.
- Eastern Guatemala and Belize may receive 10-20 inches, with isolated amounts up to 25 inches.
Eta is moving onshore along the northeastern coast of Nicaragua as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane. The 28th named Atlantic storm this season tripled in strength in about 24 hours, rapidly intensifying from a 40 mph storm Sunday morning to a 120 mph hurricane around midday Monday. Meanwhile, it holds steady as a Category 4 “major hurricane” as it batters Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. Storm Eta is forecast to spend the week meandering over Central America dumping rain measured in feet, not inches. Weakening will begin after the center moves inland later today. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.
Eta “could restrengthen in the Caribbean as a Tropical Depression”
- Much of Nicaragua and Honduras: Generally 15-25 inches, with isolated amounts up to 35 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.
- Jamaica and southeastern Mexico: Generally 5-10 inches, with isolated amounts up to 15 inches.
- El Salvador, southern Haiti, and the Cayman Islands: Generally 3-5 inches, with isolated amounts up to 10 inches.