- Eta becomes a Category 4 hurricane before approaching Nicaragua and Honduras
- The powerful phenomenon will make landfall at dawn this Tuesday
- The entire area is under a hurricane alert for Eta
Hurricane Eta strengthened to a major Category 4 storm Monday afternoon, threatening to cause “catastrophic” damage to parts of Central America and the Caribbean, including Nicaragua and Honduras, the National Hurricane Center warned, according to USA Today.
According to the forecast, Eta would make landfall Monday night or early Tuesday near the Nicaraguan-Honduras border as a strong Category 4 hurricane, with winds estimated at 150 mph.
“Catastrophic wind damage is expected where Eta’s eye wall moves towards the coast,” said the Hurricane Center, adding that “Eta’s heavy rains will likely lead to catastrophic and life-threatening flash floods and river flooding in parts of Central America ”.
The effect of its winds and rains in Central America can be storm surges, flash floods and landslides, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned, according to the Efe news agency.
At 11 a.m. ET, according to the NHC, Eta was about 115 miles (185 km) east of Cape Gracias a Dios on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras, and about 140 miles (225 km) east northeast of Puerto Cabezas, in Nicaragua.
The hurricane, the twelfth of this season in the Atlantic, was moving at 9 miles per hour (15 km / h) in a westerly direction and will continue to do so for the first part of the day.
Then it will make a slow turn towards the west-northwest and will continue in that direction until Tuesday as its winds gain more force in the advance.
According to the trajectory pattern, the center of Eta will approach the northeastern coast of Nicaragua this afternoon and make landfall somewhere between the border with Honduras and Sandy Bay Sirpi in the early hours of Tuesday morning with a major hurricane force.
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