On October 28, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) started watching ... After barely holding onto tropical storm strength for 15 hours, Eta began to intensify quickly, reaching hurricane status at 09:00 UTC on November 2. [110] Despite a ban on fishing activities, one fisherman drowned off the coast of Playa El Espino in the Usulután Department. Eta’s development means that 2020 has now tied 2005 as the years with the most storms on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Dr. Philip Klotzbach. [120] Coastal zones in Cuba were also flooded and about 25,000 people were forced to evacuate. A total of 6 homes were destroyed while another 64 homes and 24 businesses suffered damage. Hurricane forecasters have had to resort to naming storms using the Greek alphabet since September. [3] The disturbance steadily moved westward into a more favorable upper-level environment and very warm waters. [49] 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. “Nonetheless, on 2 November the government continued calling for … [135] The governments of Japan and Spain pledged to donate relief items. [19] It fell below major hurricane status just three hours after landfall at 00:00 UTC on November 4. On October 28, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) began monitoring the Southwestern Caribbeanfor the expected development of a broad area of low pressure within the following few days. [77][110], The outer bands of Hurricane Eta brought heavy rainfall to portions of Costa Rica. [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]. [25], On November 6, tropical storm watches were issued for the Florida Keys and parts of the coast of the Florida peninsula. [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 hurricanes brought damaging winds, life-threatening storm surge and flash flooding to the region. Eta rapidly weakened to a tropical depression as it meandered across Central America for two days before moving north over water. After several days of uncertainty regarding the path of Eta, officials with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) now project that the storm will make landfall on the west coast of Florida. One person was taken to the hospital in South Florida after being rescued from flooded roads. [54] The National Police of Honduras was tasked to advise passengers of roadways blocked by a landslide or flooding. Hurricane Eta was a devastating Category 4 hurricane that wreaked havoc across parts of Central America in early November 2020. The Nicaraguan Government provided 88 tons of food to the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region, the hardest hit area. [115], At least 27 people died as heavy rains attributed to Eta caused swelled streams and rivers. As of now it’s not expected to threaten the U.S. (for a change). [51] More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages. [107] The village of Queja near San Cristobal Verapaz in the center of the country was particularly hard-hit, with a landslide burying 150 homes. [119], Eta bought heavy rainfall in areas already dealing with overflowing rivers. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. [60], Although not in the direct path of Eta, the fringe effects of the hurricane were expected to cause disruptions in Panama. [75] A bridge crossing the Río Grande de Zacapa in Jocotán was washed away. [56] In response to Hurricane Eta, in order to limit movements and protect human lives, the Honduran government canceled the Morazanico national holiday. 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. [96] Overall, Eta caused C$6.128 billion (US$178.4 million) of damage in Nicaragua. Wave action off the coast caused minor flooding on the coasts. [citation needed], Initial relief efforts in Nicaragua were stymied by extensive flooding and persistent rainfall. [125] Street flooding occurred in Broward, northern Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. [57], The Civil Protection Directorate of El Salvador evacuated residents in Tecoluca after setting up 1,152 shelters across the country. Forecasters are predicting that a new storm, Hurricane Theta, may travel the same path as Eta towards Central America with potentially similar impacts. Tropical Storm Eta has formed in the Caribbean and may become a hurricane in a few days. The system rapidly organized as it progressed west, with the cyclone ultimately becoming a Category 4 hurricane on November 3. Eta is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane in a few days and threaten Central America. In Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 140 people were rescued from a school when floodwaters reached the first-floor windows. Eta spawned in the Caribbean and then hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, killing at least 120 people in Central America and Mexico. Historical data indicate that the entire 5-day path of the center of the tropical cyclone will remain within the cone about 60-70% of the time. [118], 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. Towns around Puerto Cabezas in particular were devastated by Eta and debris remained strewn across the area. On November 3, Hurricane Eta made landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm. [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. Track Eta's path here >>> 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. [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]. Eta made its third curve in its sinuous path Tuesday, back toward Florida. “By 1 November, the information about the strength and path of Hurricane Eta was already known,” said Moreno. [16] 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. Back-to-back hurricanes have unleashed heavy winds, rain, and severe flooding and landslides across Central America. With flooding beginning during the overnight hours of November 2, the National Emergency Commission (NCE) established multiple shelters for evacuees. Eta, despite a 3½-hour spell as a hurricane Wednesday, had been a tropical storm since Saturday. [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). The Autonomous Executive Port Commission considered temporarily closing the El Salvador International Airport due to Eta. Forecasters said they anticipate Eta to strengthen past its current wind speeds of 50 mph, possibly to hurricane status again, though it would be brief. [27] It then held its strength and decelerated slightly before making landfall on the south central coast of Cuba at 09:00 UTC. [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. Eastern North Pacific (East of 140°W) Tropical Weather Outlook Issuance will resume on May 15th or as necessary. [75] Preliminary damage in the nation were almost ₡10 billion (US$16.5 million). Eta's Storm History. However, just two weeks later, all efforts were hindered greatly by Hurricane Iota. [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. 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. [98] In Santa Barbara a 2-year-old girl was killed when she and her mother were swept away by floodwaters; the mother survived. Track the latest winter storm activity with CNN's storm tracker [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. Then it left on a meandering path across Cuba, the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico before slogging ashore again near Cedar Key, Florida. In Raleigh, North Carolina, multiple car accidents occurred due to slick roads. infographic [9], Continuing westward in response to a low- to mid-level ridge that extended from the subtropical Atlantic southwestward to Cuba and The Bahamas, Eta slowly organized throughout the day as a central dense overcast (CDO) began to form atop its center. Meteorologists for the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) say that tropical storm Eta is showing more uncertainty than normal and it won't be until Wednesday that a clear path projection can be made. This allowed it to become better organized going into O… [62], 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. On the forecast track Eta is expected to be near the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras by Monday night. [76], The National Civil Protection System in Panama, Sinaproc, reported that 200 homes were damaged by rainfall, possibly associated with Eta. This also made Iota the strongest hurricane in recorded history to make landfall in Nicaragua ... With Nicaragua still reeling from Hurricane Eta two weeks prior, many areas remained flooded. [15] 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. TAMPA, Fla. - As Tropical Storm Eta weakens to a tropical depression, it continues to cause heavy rainfall and flooding in Central America. [2] 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. [108] However, the searching was called off two days later. [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. [128] 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. [65][66] Later that day, these were upgraded to tropical storm warnings in some provinces. Landslides were expected in many areas due to saturated soils. [100] A wall collapsed at a prison in El Progreso letting in waist-deep floodwaters, causing the evacuation of more than 600 inmates. The Nicaraguan Red Cross coordinated distribution of supplies with the nation's government. Eta had sustained winds of 40 mph, making it a minimal tropical storm. [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. The National Hurricane Center declared hurricane and storm surge warnings for area. A peak wind gust of 53 mph was reported in these outer bands near Dania Beach on November 7. [123] 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. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. [135] By November 7, Taiwan and the United States collectively provided US$320,000 in funding to Guatemala to purchase food and water. In Tabasco, more than 10 rivers have overflowed their banks. [95] Two people in the municipality of Bonanza died after they were buried in a landslide while working in a mine. The 29th storm was named Theta on Monday night by National Hurricane … [133], With damage from Hurricane Eta spanning the entirety of Central America, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a "massive, multi-country operation". [43] On the next day, Eta was absorbed into another frontal system to the north. Tropical Storm Eta hovered Tuesday over the coast of western Cuba after drenching South Florida on Monday as a record-setting 29th named storm headed east over the Atlantic. In light of the huge destruction as a consequence of Hurricane Eta and possibly Hurricane Iota following in its path, the Inter-American Development Bank has agreed to match every dollar up to US$ 50,000 for Central America’s ‘We Are with You’ Campaign. All lanes of Interstate 95 near the city were closed due to flooding. Only one more named storm is needed for the year 2020 to break that record. [105] Total economic losses in Honduras are estimated in excess of 125 billion lempiras (US$5 billion). [71] Later, Hurricane Warnings were issued for the Florida Keys. Vietnam braces for Typhoon Molave, in worst tropical storm season for decades. This year has brought more storms strong enough to be named than any other since records began. Downed trees and tree branches also resulted. Accumulations generally exceeded 2.8 in (70 mm) with a maximum of 6.3 in (160 mm) in the La Unión Department. Once the system began to reorganize in the Caribbean, tropical storm watches were issued on November 5, in the Cayman Islands. [113] The highway that connects the province of Chiriquí with Bocas del Toro collapsed near Hornito, blocking the passage of vehicles in both directions. [79] Over 100 people were buried from the landslide, and rescuers began searching them on November 9. (This graphic shows Hurricane Iota's forecast path, in red, its path history as a white line, and Hurricane Eta's path history in early November, as a yellow line. This came after Eta became forecast to become a tropical storm again before brushing by the islands. Travel Alert November 2020: Major Hurricane Eta to Take a Disturbing Path? In the coming days, the storm -- or whatever is left of it -- could make a loop and head back into the Caribbean, and then, maybe move over Florida. What started as a tropical depression has strengthened into Tropical Storm Iota over the Central Caribbean Sea, slowly moving west-southwest at 7 Miles Per Hour (MPH). To form the cone, a set of imaginary circles are placed along the forecast track at the 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 96, and 120 h positions, where the size of each circle is set so that it encloses 67% of the previous five years official forecast errors. [14] 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. On November 3, Hurricane Eta made landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm. [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. [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. Eta was born just south of Hispaniola on October 31 and quickly strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane that devastated Central America. TAMPA, Fla. - As Tropical Storm Eta weakens to a tropical depression, it continues to cause heavy rainfall and flooding in Central America. [22], 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. An emergency appeal for 20 million Swiss francs (US$22 million) was made to supplement local Red Cross activities in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. 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. Eta tripled in strength in about 24 hours, rapidly intensifying from a 65km/h storm Sunday morning to a 120km/h hurricane around midday Monday, and continuing to gain power throughout the day. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has given birth yet to another threatening weather disturbance that is taking the same path as Hurricane Eta. The next day, these were upgraded to tropical storm warnings in the Florida Keys and the southern tip of the peninsula. [41][42] The storm completed its transition on November 13. Seagoing vessels were alerted to dangerous swells in Caribbean waters along with wind gusts up to 37 mph (60 km/h). Tampa Bay awoke Thursday to lingering winds and rain after Tropical Storm Eta passed through overnight, making landfall around 4 a.m. near Cedar Key. After making its third strike over land, this time on U.S. soil, Eta will continue its journey over Gulf waters. Just two weeks later Hurricane Iota, a Category 5 storm at its strongest, traveled the same path through the region. [135], A member of Restoring Family Links was dispatched to Honduras for administrative assistance. Storm history. Forecasters say a record-breaking 29th named storm has formed in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. As of 10 p.m. CDT Saturday, Tropical Storm Eta was located about 270 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and was moving west at 15 mph. [74] Across the archipelago, two people were injured and 141 families were affected. [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. Since then there have been Subtropical Storm Alpha, Tropical Storms Beta and Gamma and Hurricanes Delta, Epsilon and Zeta. [129][130] 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. MPO road crews were dispatched to ensure highways remained clear for travel. Eta is the 28th storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which ties the 2005 season for the most storms on record. Moisture from the storm also combined with a cold front further to the north bringing heavy rainfall and flash flooding to the Carolinas and Virginia, killing another five people in these states. More rain — 10 to 15 inches — will be possible in parts of Central America. Hazard Management Cayman Islands said Eta does not pose a threat to Cayman, but as… [114] Flooding in Panama's Chiriqui province, near the Costa Rica border killed 19 people. 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. Track the latest winter storm activity with CNN's storm tracker Just weeks after Hurricane Eta devastated swathes of Central America, another fierce hurricane has killed several people and forced thousands of others to flee their homes. A history of twisters: Tornadoes in Florida since 1950s This interactive map, which contains data from January 1950, pinpoints where a cyclone touched down and traces its path of destruction. The area experiencing hurricane force (one-minute average wind speeds of at least 74 mph) and tropical storm force (one-minute average wind speeds of 39-73 mph) winds can extend well beyond the white areas shown enclosing the most likely track area of the center. [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. Eta is expected to strengthen fairly quickly, and hurricane watches have been issued in Nicaragua and Honduras. [121], The outer bands of Eta brought tropical storm-force gusts to South Florida beginning on November 7. There are no coastal warnings in effect, but the National Emergency … More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages. An increase of 1500 m3s−1 in flow at the Peñitas Dam has prompted evacuation plans. In the coming days, the storm -- or whatever is left of it -- could make a loop and head back into the Caribbean, and then, maybe move over Florida. [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. 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. Nationwide, 1,991 people required evacuation due to floods and landslides. After briefly regaining hurricane strength it weakened once more and accelerated across the Southeastern United States on November 12. By November 7, more than 16,000 people had been rescued while 65,912 people remained isolated across 64 communities. The American, Swiss, Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, and German Red Cross were positioned to assist any operations. [91], 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. In San Cristóbal de las Casas many neighborhoods were damaged by the flooding Amarillo and Fogótico rivers. [94] The Wawa River that connects Puerto Cabezas to the rest of Nicaragua overflowed its banks. [84] Over 80,000 people were affected in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco by rains of Hurricane Eta and a cold front. About 100 homes were damaged by flooding and landslides. [135], 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. [109] Infrastructural damage were amounted to be exceed Q3 billion (US$386 million). An estimated 2.5 million people were directly affected by the storm, including 1.7 million in Honduras. The storm earlier cut a deadly path through Central America. Theta, the 29th named storm of the year, is spinning up several hundred miles southwest of the Azores, with top winds of 50 mph. Maximum sustained winds of Hurricane Eta — which is currently centered approximately 85 miles east of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the border which Nicaragua shares with Honduras and is moving west at nine … Gordon had a … Hurricane Eta projected path as of Tuesday, Nov. 3 National Hurricane Center Authorities in Nicaragua and Honduras had moved people Monday from outer islands and low-lying areas to shelters. Hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings were issued along the coast of Honduras and Northeastern Nicaragua as Eta approached. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. Iota, a Category 4 hurricane, followed a similar path as Hurricane Eta moving west, bringing devastation. [128] 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. [106] At least 53 people died across Guatemala, while an additional 96 remain missing. [55] 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. [101] At least 74 people have been killed across Honduras as a result of Eta, mainly due to landslides and drownings. [85], Hurricane Eta had disastrous effects on Honduras, largely due to catastrophic flooding. In all, 11 deaths were attributed to the storm in the U.S. Nearly $8 billion (2020 USD) in damages were reported across all affected areas by Eta as of December 2020.[1]. Over 10 inches (250 mm) of rain fell in some areas of North and South Carolina. It is the first year in which two hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic in November, past the storm season’s peak. There’s a new, history-making tropical storm in the Caribbean as of Saturday night: Tropical Storm Eta. [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. For the second time in history, the National Hurricane Center … It's unclear where Eta would go after Thursday, but it's believed the tropical storm will remain at that strength level the entire path. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. [136][137] Extreme rainfall and mudflows caused by the storm destroyed or damaged much of what was being rebuilt. Then, forecasters say there are a range of scenarios that could unfold. For more recent tornadoes, clicking deeper provides more details, damage estimates and whether someone was injured or killed in the storm. Meteorologist Jim Weber explains where Tropical Storm Eta may go next. 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. Eta made history last week when it matched the strength of Hurricane Laura, the strongest storm of the brutal 2020 hurricane season, with winds peaked at 150 mph. Keep up with the latest hurricane watches and warnings with AccuWeather's Hurricane Center. (The contours above show the chance of tropical-storm-force winds (at least 39 mph), according to the latest forecast by the National Hurricane Center.) It is the eighth Atlantic storm this season to hit the meteorologists’ definition for rapid intensification — a gain of 56km/h in wind speed in just 24 hours. A green alert was issued for Copán, Ocotepeque, Lempira, Intibucá, La Paz, Valle, and Choluteca. [40] Eta bottomed out with winds of 40 mph (65 km/h) before restrengthening as it began its extratropical transition. Nobody was injured or killed on the ferry. There was a … Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. People left homeless were moved to various shelters after the storm had passed. *Spanish translations, when available, are courtesy of the NWS San Juan Weather Forecast Office. One person was killed in Florida after being electrocuted in floodwaters from Eta. [123][124] Overall, about 48,500 businesses and homes lost electricity throughout South Florida. Tropical Storm Eta has formed in the Caribbean and may become a hurricane in a few days. Eta had maximum sustained winds of 100km/h on Sunday night and was centred about 45km east-northeast of Marathon, Florida. [61] The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) advised residents to stay vigilant for possible flooding and landslides. [140], For similarly-named storms in the Western Pacific, see, Hurricane Eta just prior to peak intensity east of. It later reorganized over the Caribbean as it accelerated toward Cuba on November 7. [138][139], 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 storm earlier cut a deadly path through Central America. But there were no reports of deaths. 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