, Initial relief efforts in Nicaragua were stymied by extensive flooding and persistent rainfall. POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE ETA. Heavy rainfall and tropical-storm force winds were recorded across all of the Florida Keys, South Florida and the southern half of Central Florida, bringing widespread flooding. , 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. The traffic signals on the lock, however, were not working and parts were needed to make them operational, city officials said. , Hurricane Eta had disastrous effects on Honduras, largely due to catastrophic flooding. According to Mickuleit, the Matlacha bridge was shut down temporarily as a result of the vessel collision combined with a strong band of high winds. The heaviest rains were concentrated along the nation's Pacific coast, especially in Guanacaste Province.  However, by 21:00 UTC that day, satellite and microwave imagery confirmed that an LLC had formed and the NHC began issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Twenty-Nine.  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.  The governments of Japan and Spain pledged to donate relief items. Residents who have debris or vegetation on their property blocking swales, ditches, canals or other surface water conveyances can call the Request for Action Hotline at 239-533-9400 or by visiting lee.gov.  In response to Hurricane Eta, in order to limit movements and protect human lives, the Honduran government canceled the Morazanico national holiday.  More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages.  The Honduran Air Force prepared two planes to send 4,000 pounds of food to La Mosquitia, Gracias a Dios. Hurricane Eta was a devastating Category 4 hurricane that wreaked havoc across parts of Central America in early November 2020. In Tabasco, more than 10 rivers have overflowed their banks. Wind speeds of 75 km/h (47 mph) downed the trees and damaged houses, and Eta also caused severe flooding on the island. The School District of Lee County closed on Monday due to Eta’s forces the night before and on Wednesday — the hurricane makeup day from earlier in the week — Eta once again disturbed classes and forced the district to release students 3 hours early and cancel all evening programs.  Over 100 people were buried from the landslide, and rescuers began searching them on November 9. , 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. , The outer bands of Eta brought tropical storm-force gusts to South Florida beginning on November 7. Nobody was injured or killed on the ferry. A wind-swept sailboat after colliding with the Matlacha bridge. , Costa Rica's National Meteorological Institute forecast widespread rainfall in association with the outer bands of Eta, primarily along the Pacific coastline. Some weakening took place as the system made landfall near Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, late that same day. They saw Crescent Street was flooded and went down to the pier. , The outer bands of Hurricane Eta brought heavy rainfall to portions of Costa Rica. The Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras reported that 14 roads and 339 homes were destroyed.  Later, Hurricane Warnings were issued for the Florida Keys. Hurricane Eta was a devastating Category 4 hurricane that wreaked havoc across parts of Central America in early November 2020.  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).. Hurricane watches, tropical storm warnings and storm … , 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.  The storm completed its transition on November 13. A peak wind gust of 53 mph was reported in these outer bands near Dania Beach on November 7. Balancing out the differences in storm track, wind speed and storm size, between Hurricane Eta and past high-profile hurricanes in Nicaragua, a reasonable storm surge estimate from Eta would be in the 14-17 foot range. Flooding caused 559 residents to flee their homes and two others had to be rescued.  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. “They moved the big boat and there was a deck boat impaled at the foot of the bridge.”. Hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings were issued along the coast of Honduras and Northeastern Nicaragua as Eta approached.  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. A man sits on the shore of …  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.  An estimated 343,000 people were directly affected by the storm.  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.  Six hours later, the storm strengthened into a high-end Category 2 hurricane as a small pinhole eye became apparent in visible satellite imagery. Eta was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Copyright © Pineisland Eagle | https://www.pineisland-eagle.com | 10700 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia, FL 33922 | 239-283-2022 | Ogden Newspapers | The Nutting Company, “There weren’t any other road blockages from power lines or trees,”, “We had two sailboats that broke anchor and were blown into the bridge. In the Chiapas highlands more than 2000 homes were destroyed. The next day, these were upgraded to tropical storm warnings in the Florida Keys and the southern tip of the peninsula. People left homeless were moved to various shelters after the storm had passed.  However, the searching was called off two days later. , Communities along the Macal and Mopan rivers in western Belize experienced severe flooding due to Hurricane Eta. Photo: Reuters. And windy. First on Sunday, Nov. 8, and then again on Wednesday, Nov. 11, Eta delivered roughly 60 mph gusting winds and flood-inducing downpours across the region before picking up steam northward towards Tampa Bay. The Nicaraguan Red Cross coordinated distribution of supplies with the nation's government. Nationwide, 1,991 people required evacuation due to floods and landslides. Lee County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Nestor Montoya said the San Carlos Bridge and Matlacha Bridge were temporarily closed.  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. By mid-afternoon, the storm had eased up though it was still carrying persistent rain and high winds, though nothing like earlier. The American, Swiss, Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, and German Red Cross were positioned to assist any operations. All town roads were open as of 12:30 p.m. –Pine Island Eagle Editor Paulette LeBlanc contributed to this article. In Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 140 people were rescued from a school when floodwaters reached the first-floor windows. An emergency appeal for 20 million Swiss francs (US$22 million) was made to supplement local Red Cross activities in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  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.  Total economic losses in Honduras are estimated in excess of 125 billion lempiras (US$5 billion). Seagoing vessels were alerted to dangerous swells in Caribbean waters along with wind gusts up to 37 mph (60 km/h). The storm is threatening to bring catastrophic wind … Landslides were expected in many areas due to saturated soils.  At least 53 people died across Guatemala, while an additional 96 remain missing.  The highway that connects the province of Chiriquí with Bocas del Toro collapsed near Hornito, blocking the passage of vehicles in both directions. More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages. , The Civil Protection Directorate of El Salvador evacuated residents in Tecoluca after setting up 1,152 shelters across the country. A dog is pictured … Approximately 2.5 million were affected by the storm, including 1.7 million in Honduras.  Extreme rainfall and mudflows caused by the storm destroyed or damaged much of what was being rebuilt. In Raleigh, North Carolina, multiple car accidents occurred due to slick roads. A total of 6 homes were destroyed while another 64 homes and 24 businesses suffered damage. , With assistance from CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres), the Government of Guatemala focused relief efforts in the departments of Izabal, Petén, and Alta Verapaz. Once the necessary parts are acquired, a shutdown will be scheduled to repair the signals,” a release from the city states. With a peak intensity of 150 mph (240 km/h) and 923 mbar (hPa; 27.26 inHg), it was the third most intense November Atlantic hurricane on record behind the 1932 Cuba hurricane and Hurricane Iota just two weeks later.  At least 74 people have been killed across Honduras as a result of Eta, mainly due to landslides and drownings. Eta rapidly weakened to a tropical depression as it meandered across Central America for two days before moving north over water. What remains of Hurricane Eta is rapidly redeveloping over the warm Caribbean waters off the coast of Belize. There were some reports of minor debris blown by the wind that were being picked up by town staff, Hernstadt said.  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.  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). 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.  By November 7, Taiwan and the United States collectively provided US$320,000 in funding to Guatemala to purchase food and water. In the coastal community of Prinzapolka, winds …  Street flooding occurred in Broward, northern Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. , Heavy rainfall affected much of El Salvador as Eta passed to the northeast. More watches were issued in parts of Cuba, the northwestern Bahamas, and South Florida.  Infrastructural damage were amounted to be exceed Q3 billion (US$386 million).  A bridge crossing the Río Grande de Zacapa in Jocotán was washed away. One person was killed in Florida after being electrocuted in floodwaters from Eta. , As Eta neared landfall, its powerful winds downed power lines and trees while causing flooding and damaging roofs in Puerto Cabezas. 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.  Overall, Eta caused C$6.128 billion (US$178.4 million) of damage in Nicaragua. Palm trees sway in the wind as Hurricane Eta approaches, in Tela, Honduras, November 3. However, just two weeks later, all efforts were hindered greatly by Hurricane Iota. Home Public Adv Discussion Wind Probs Graphics Archive Wind Speed Probabilities: Arrival Time of Winds: Wind History: Warnings/Cone Interactive Map: Warnings/Cone: Static Images Warnings and Surface Wind: Coastal Watches/Warnings and Forecast Cone for Storm Center. Donations worth millions of USD had been given to affected countries to help recoveries. , A member of Restoring Family Links was dispatched to Honduras for administrative assistance.  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. 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 border and the northeastern coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras–Nicaragua border to Puerto Cabezas, respectively.  Four members of the same family died in the municipality of Gualala due to heavy rains.  The IFRC dispatched a plane and two trucks carrying 98 tons of relief goods from Panama to Honduras and Nicaragua by November 10. Eta passed through Fort Myers Beach as a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday morning, bringing sporadic flooding and waves high enough to rush over the Fort Myers Beach Pier and temporarily close the Matanzas Pass Bridge entrance onto the island. Access to clean water was significantly disrupted due to high turbidity and power outages, though 60% of service was restored by November 7. “Boaters are asked to use caution navigating the Lock until the signals can be repaired. , Late on November 6, tropical storm watches were issued for the northwestern Bahamas. Power outages became widespread across the islands with tropical-storm force winds causing damage to power lines. 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. Several Emergency Response Units stationed globally were to be dispatched to affected areas. , For similarly-named storms in the Western Pacific, see, Hurricane Eta just prior to peak intensity east of. All lanes of Interstate 95 near the city were closed due to flooding. , 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. 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.  In southern Costa Rica, a landslide onto a house killed two residents, a Costa Rican woman and an American man. Eta came ashore near Cedar Key about 4:20 a.m. with winds of 50 mph and moving at 13 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The Category 1 storm had been growing stronger throughout the overnight hours and forecasters now expect it to make a second landfall in the state only days after striking the Florida Keys. Airbnb readied its Open Homes partnership in Honduras and Nicaragua, providing residents with free housing.  In Olanchito, 12 people, including two newborns, were trapped. On Wednesday, intersections in the North Fort Myers area resembled wading pools and shut down to traffic.  At the Getsemani School, where 215 people were sheltering, Eta's strong winds ripped 10 sheets of metal off the school's roof. Many Emergency Response Units were to be dispatched globally to help support affected people. MPO road crews were dispatched to ensure highways remained clear for travel. A green alert was issued for Copán, Ocotepeque, Lempira, Intibucá, La Paz, Valle, and Choluteca. Over 10 inches (250 mm) of rain fell in some areas of North and South Carolina. An increase of 1500 m3s−1 in flow at the Peñitas Dam has prompted evacuation plans. The system rapidly organizedas it progressed west, with the cyclone ultimately becoming a Category 4 hurricane on November 3. It later reorganized over the Caribbean as it accelerated toward Cuba on November 7.  In Sulaco, a 15-year-old boy drowned while trying to cross a rain-swollen river.  Over 80,000 people were affected in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco by rains of Hurricane Eta and a cold front. Worldwide animated weather map, with easy to use layers and precise spot forecast. Despite passing north of the San Andrés Island, part of the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, Eta still brought considerable damage to the island. The Sanibel Causeway was briefly closed as well. 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At least 457 homes were damaged by floodwaters, 41 communities were cut off by washed-out roads, and at least nine bridges were destroyed including one in La Ceiba.  Residents in low-lying areas of San Ignacio had to be evacuated from their homes. Close. Eta is expected to grow into a Category 1 hurricane before reaching the Florida Keys, bringing with it heavy rainfall and potentially hazardous flooding. The Category 4 hurricane continues to churn across the northern part of the country with heavy rain and strong winds after making landfall on Tuesday. Nicaragua's weather conditions deteriorate as Hurricane Eta approaches on November 3, 2020. I called Red Cross and they were able to assist the owner since he lived aboard. , 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. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera.  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.  On the next day, Eta was absorbed into another frontal system to the north. According to officials, Lee County Emergency Management continued to monitor the impacts of the storm throughout the area on Thursday. The Nicaraguan Government provided 88 tons of food to the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region, the hardest hit area.  It then passed just south of the extreme southwestern coast of Florida as it turned westward. Eta knocked down power lines and trees while damaging roofs and causing flooding in Puerto Cabezas. “We’ll be ready to open at 10:30 a.m.,” York said. As of 12:15 p.m., all bridges in the county were open, he said. Early last week, tropical storm-turned hurricane-turned tropical storm Eta took a long and winding road across the Gulf Coast that eventually led to Southwest Florida’s door — twice. As of noon, sections of Main Street and Fisherman’s Wharf on Fort Myers Beach was flooded.  The village of Queja near San Cristobal Verapaz in the center of the country was particularly hard-hit, with a landslide burying 150 homes. Tropical storm-strength winds are possible in the southern part of the Sunshine State over the weekend. 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.  Overall, about 48,500 businesses and homes lost electricity throughout South Florida.  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. First on Sunday, Nov. 8, and then again on Wednesday, Nov. 11, Eta delivered roughly 60 mph gusting winds and flood-inducing downpours across the region before picking up steam northward towards Tampa Bay. Eta restrengthened into a hurricane Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico, less than 200 miles south of Tampa, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. About 98 tons of food and water were given to Nicaragua and Honduras from Panama. Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District.  Losses statewide were estimated at US$1 billion. , 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. Forecast models ECMWF, GFS, NAM and NEMS In all, 11 deaths were attributed to the storm in the U.S. Nearly $8 billion in damages have been reported across all affected areas by Eta as of December 2020..  At 03:00 UTC on November 1, the system intensified into Tropical Storm Eta, 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.  Preliminary damage in the nation were almost ₡10 billion (US$16.5 million). “Big winds pushed the furniture out all over the place,” said restaurant partner Martin York.  Among the dead were at least four people, including three children, who were killed in the mountains outside the north coast city of Tela due to different landslides. With a peak intensity of 15…  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.. Shawna Garretson, manager of the Bridgewater Inn in Matlacha, said by the time she arrived at work at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, the damage had already been done by the sailboat that came loose in the winds caused by Hurricane Eta.  Eta then reached Category 3 status at 18:00 UTC before becoming a Category 4 hurricane three hours later, with prolific lightning being observed in its eyewall. SYNOP codes from weather stations and buoys. According to Pine Island Matlacha Fire Chief Ben Mickuleit, the island had quite a few isolated areas of flooding, due to Hurricane Eta. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information.  The system turned further east and made landfall near Cedar Key, Florida at 09:00 UTC on November 12, with sustained winds of 50 mph (85 km/h).  The storm further degraded and weakened over land as it accelerated north-northeastward, eventually emerging over the waters of the Atlantic near the Florida–Georgia border at 18:00 UTC. 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. About 100 homes were damaged by flooding and landslides.  A tropical storm watch was also issued from west of Punta Patuca westward to Punta Castilla late that same day. https://www.fox13news.com/news/hurricane-watch-issued-for-parts-of-tampa-bay By November 8, 14,362 people remained in shelters and required hygiene supplies. , Eta bought heavy rainfall in areas already dealing with overflowing rivers. 4 / 5. The IFRC expressed concern over an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder, similar to what took place after Hurricane Mitch in 1998.  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. 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