Once the system began to reorganize in the Caribbean, tropical storm watches were issued on November 5, in the Cayman Islands. [123] Florida Power & Light reported just over 30,000 power outages in the Miami metropolitan area, including nearly 16,000 in Miami-Dade County alone. [95] The Wawa River that connects Puerto Cabezas to the rest of Nicaragua overflowed its banks. The Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras reported that 14 roads and 339 homes were destroyed. They urged residents to secure their boats and encouraged visitors to consider altering plans until Eta had passed. Several Emergency Response Units stationed globally were to be dispatched to affected areas. It … In Raleigh, North Carolina, multiple car accidents occurred due to slick roads. About 98 tons of food and water were given to Nicaragua and Honduras from Panama. [127] One of the state's largest COVID-19 testing sites, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, was flooded. Image Source : AP. [30] 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. [76] Preliminary damage in the nation were almost ₡10 billion (US$16.5 million). [27] It then held its strength and decelerated slightly before making landfall on the south central coast of Cuba at 09:00 UTC. [47], With the threat of 14–21 feet (4.3–6.4 m) of storm surge along the coastline, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega issued a yellow alert for the departments of Jinotega, Nueva Segovia, and the North Caribbean Autonomous Region on October 31, which were upgraded to a red alert by November 2. People left homeless were moved to various shelters after the storm had passed. Power outages became widespread across the islands with tropical-storm force winds causing damage to power lines. Flooding in the neighboring state of Tabasco was so bad that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador cut short a trip to western Mexico and was flying to Tabasco, his home state, to oversee relief efforts. Today, Eta moved on and is now a Tropical Depression heading northeast of Cuba. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Saturday for eight counties at the end of the state as Eta approached, urging residents to stock up on supplies. [103] A 13-year-old girl was killed when a mudflow caused her home to collapse in the village of Carmen. One person was taken to the hospital in South Florida after being rescued from flooded roads. [100] In Olanchito, 12 people, including two newborns, were trapped. The next day, these were upgraded to tropical storm warnings in the Florida Keys and the southern tip of the peninsula. [68] The next day, these watches were upgraded to tropical storm warnings. The IFRC expressed concern over an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder, similar to what took place after Hurricane Mitch in 1998. With flooding beginning during the overnight hours of November 2, the National Emergency Commission (NCE) established multiple shelters for evacuees. HAVANA: Tropical storm Eta brought strong winds and torrential rain to Cuba on Sunday (Nov 8) after having cut a destructive and deadly path through parts of Central America and southern Mexico. [114] The highway that connects the province of Chiriquí with Bocas del Toro collapsed near Hornito, blocking the passage of vehicles in both directions. Pope Francis on Sunday spoke about the population of Central America, hit “by a violent hurricane, which has caused many victims and huge damage, worsened as well by the already difficult situation due to the pandemic.” Speaking to faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Francis prayed that “the Lord welcome the deceased, comfort their families and sustain all those so tried, as well as all those who are doing their best to help them.”. In Guatemala, search teams first had to overcome multiple landslides and deep mud just to reach the site where officials have estimated some 150 homes were devastated. [72] 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.[34][73]. About 100 homes were damaged by flooding and landslides. [40] Eta bottomed out with winds of 40 mph (65 km/h) before restrengthening as it began its extratropical transition. . [18] Land interaction caused Eta to rapidly weaken as it moved slowly westward after landfall with its eye disappearing and its central convection weakening. Eta had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph on Monday night and was centered about 90 miles north-northwest of the western tip of Cuba, the Hurricane Center said. [124] 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. [141], 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. 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. Caal, 65, suffered a dislocated shoulder when the landslide sent rocks, trees and earth hurtling onto the home where he was about to sit down to lunch with his wife and grandchildren. [101] A wall collapsed at a prison in El Progreso letting in waist-deep floodwaters, causing the evacuation of more than 600 inmates. [59], Costa Rica's National Meteorological Institute forecast widespread rainfall in association with the outer bands of Eta, primarily along the Pacific coastline. The heaviest rains were concentrated along the nation's Pacific coast, especially in Guanacaste Province. Spent childhood listening to Ramayana and Mahabharata: Barack Obama in memoir [58] The Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River cleared pipes to prevent flooding in communities along the river. With files from Reuters Over 10 inches (250 mm) of rain fell in some areas of North and South Carolina. Landslides were expected in many areas due to saturated soils. [23] 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. Florida Gov. [113] In southern Costa Rica, a landslide onto a house killed two residents, a Costa Rican woman and an American man. [82] 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. [99] In Santa Barbara a 2-year-old girl was killed when she and her mother were swept away by floodwaters; the mother survived. [56] In response to Hurricane Eta, in order to limit movements and protect human lives, the Honduran government canceled the Morazanico national holiday. [119], 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. Eta rapidly weakened to a tropical depression as it meandered across Central America for two days before moving north over water. [25], On November 6, tropical storm watches were issued for the Florida Keys and parts of the coast of the Florida peninsula. Government schools were closed in the islands on November 6 due to the threat of Eta. The Government of Honduras allocated US$2 million in funds and formally appealed for international aid on November 5. RELATED: Devastating Storm ETA Leaves 150 Dead or Missing in Guatemala [57], The Civil Protection Directorate of El Salvador evacuated residents in Tecoluca after setting up 1,152 shelters across the country. An increase of 1500 m3s−1 in flow at the Peñitas Dam has prompted evacuation plans. [136], A member of Restoring Family Links was dispatched to Honduras for administrative assistance. The Indigenous community of about 1,200 residents consisted of simple homes of wood and tin roofs clinging to the mountainside. [134], With damage from Hurricane Eta spanning the entirety of Central America, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a "massive, multi-country operation". Eta hit Cuba even as searchers in Guatemala were still digging for people believed buried by a massive, rain-fueled landslide. [112] Multiple reports of flooding and landslides occurred nationwide, 12 rivers saw increased levels, prompting concern for further flooding, and 26 people required evacuation in Corredores and Parrita. [51] More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages. While we did not experience the wind damanages of the hurricane we have gotten tremendous rainfall over the past few days. [124] 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. “When the flooding started, the whole family was leaving the house,” said family friend Nery Solis. In the worst-hit village, Quejá, at least five bodies have been pulled from the mud. [126] Street flooding occurred in Broward, northern Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. [111] Despite a ban on fishing activities, one fisherman drowned off the coast of Playa El Espino in the Usulután Department. The Autonomous Executive Port Commission considered temporarily closing the El Salvador International Airport due to Eta. MPO road crews were dispatched to ensure highways remained clear for travel. A strengthened Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on Cuba early Sunday and had its sights set on the southern tip of Florida after leaving dozens dead and over 100 missing in Central America, where it hit last week as a major hurricane. [136], 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. [38] 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). [120], Eta bought heavy rainfall in areas already dealing with overflowing rivers. [132] Losses statewide were estimated at US$1 billion. [98] 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. [124][125] Overall, about 48,500 businesses and homes lost electricity throughout South Florida. Flooding caused 559 residents to flee their homes and two others had to be rescued. No one was injured or killed in the incident. Accumulations generally exceeded 2.8 in (70 mm) with a maximum of 6.3 in (160 mm) in the La Unión Department. Damage across the archipelago reached COL$3 billion (US$777,000). Sunday, 08 November 2020 09:43 AM. [12] 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. “My wife is dead, my grandchildren are dead,” said Caal from a nearby hospital. 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. In the aftermath of Hurricane Eta, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced due to flooding. [17] 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 had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph Sunday evening and was centered north of Cuba, about 65 miles east of Marathon, Fla., and about 90 miles south-southeast of Miami. [15] According to the NHC, the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center for the Atlantic, Eta maintained its peak winds as it reached its lowest recorded pressure of 923 mbar (hPa; 27.26 inHg) at 06:00 UTC, thus marking its peak intensity as a high-end Category 4 hurricane. Donations worth millions of USD had been given to affected countries to help recoveries. China is conducting a massive foreign influence operation in the U.S. and "will use any means possible" to destroy the U . 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