Tropical Storm Eta strengthened into Hurricane Eta on Monday, November 2, and is expected to strengthen further ahead of making landfall over the north-eastern coast early on Tuesday, November 3, possibly as a Category 2 hurricane. According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 06:00 (local time), Eta was located 225 km (140 mi) east of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaraguan-Honduran border, traveling west at 17 kph (10 mph) and carrying maximum sustained winds of 150 kph (90 mph). A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the north-eastern coast from the Nicaraguan-Honduran border to Sandy Bay Sirpi (South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region). The center of Eta will move inland over northern Nicaragua through Tuesday and early Wednesday, November 4.
Hurricane wind conditions are expected in the Hurricane Warning area from Monday night and up to 890 mm (35 inches) of rainfall could fall in affected areas through Friday, November 6. A dangerous storm surge raising water levels by up to 4.5 m (15 ft) is possible in north-eastern coastal areas and dangerous swells and rip current conditions are expected at sea. Flooding and landslides are possible in affected areas and may lead to associated disruptions to transport, businesses, and utilities.
Nicaragua is semi-regularly affected by tropical storm systems, which can approach from its Caribbean coast from June through November. These storms can be particularly ravaging for rural areas, many of which have suffered catastrophic damage from winds and flooding in the past.
Those in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
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