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Hurrican Eta Intensifies as it Nears Central America

Category 4 Hurricane Eta threatened Nicaraguans with winds of up to 150 miles per hour and heavy rainfall as it neared South America.

Category 4  Hurricane Eta threatened Nicaraguans with winds of up to 150 miles per hour and heavy rainfall as it neared South America.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Eta could potentially cause landslides and storm surges when it makes landfall in Central America and the Caribbean. 

The NHC last spotted Eta 40 miles east of Puerto Cabezas and expected to make landfall along Nicaragua’s coast later Tuesday morning.

Storm warnings were raised from Sandy Bay Sirpi north to the Nicaragua-Honduras border as Eta is expected to gain more strength.

Tropical Storm warnings were also raised for the northeastern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Honduras/Nicaragua border and the coast of Nicaragua from south of Sandy Bay Sirpi to Laguna de Perlas.

The NHC also warned that the storm surges will raise water levels by as much as 14 to 21 feet above normal tide levels in areas of onshore winds.

Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach explained that Eta is the fifth major hurricane of 2020 and is the strongest Atlantic hurricane in November in 12 years.

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