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Extremely dangerous Hurricane Eta makes landfall in Nicaragua

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Posted: Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 3:59 pm CST.

Photo: El19 Digital

By BBN Staff: Hurricane Eta, an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm has made landfall just south of Puerto Cabezas in Nicaragua.

As of this afternoon, the eye of Hurricane Eta was located along the coast of Nicaragua near latitude 13.8 North, longitude  83.5 West.

Eta is moving toward the west at 5 mph (7 km/h). A  faster westward or west-northwestward motion is expected through early Thursday. 

A turn toward the north, and then north-northeast is forecast Thursday night and Friday.

The center of Eta is forecasted to move inland over northern Nicaragua through Wednesday morning, and then move across the central portions of Honduras through Thursday morning. 

The system is forecast to emerge over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night or Friday.

Eta is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. 

Rapid weakening should occur as the center moves inland tonight and Wednesday.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says that rainfall from Hurricane Eta can lead to catastrophic, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain of Central America. 

Flash flooding and river flooding will be possible across Jamaica, southeast Mexico, El Salvador, southern Haiti, and the Cayman Islands.

A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 14 to 21 feet above normal tide levels in areas of onshore winds along the coast of Nicaragua within the hurricane warning area, and 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels along the coast of Honduras within the tropical storm warning area.  Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

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