Hurricane Eta has rapidly intensified in the last 24 hours. Winds have increased from 50 MPH to 132 MPH, classifying it a Category 4 major hurricane.
Eta is expected to produce potentially catastrophic, life-threatening flooding across Central America. Rainfall amounts 10 to 25 inches could fall with isolated amounts of 35 inches, resulting in landslides in areas of higher terrain of Central America.
The National Hurricane Center’s latest forecast has Eta moving back into the Caribbean Sea over the weekend, but forecasters say it is too early to determine the storm’s path.
Eta is the 28th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, which ties 2005 for most storms. In 2005, the last storm was a subtropical storm that formed briefly and was never named. Eta is also only the fifth Category 4 or higher hurricane to occur in November.
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