The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Eta, the 28th hurricane of a fiercely active hurricane season, hit the Caribbean on Sunday, giving it strength.
Meteorologist Hopefully the storm will strengthen a storm By Sunday night and it will reach the coast of Central America on Monday night or early Tuesday.
A storm watch and warning have been issued for parts of Nicaragua and Honduras, where the storm center said there may be risks of thunderstorms, storm force winds and heavy rain. The government of Honduras also issued a tropical storm warning for part of its coast.
According to Eta, Eta was moving west at a speed of 15 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. Advisor The storm center was released at 4 pm Eastern.
The storm is expected to rain 20 inches in parts of Guatemala and Belize and up to 15 inches in Panama and Costa Rica. The storm center said 25 inches of rain could also fall from Etah, Honduras and central to northern Nicaragua, although some areas could receive up to 35 inches of rain. Rains can lead to fatal floods and landslides.
With Eta, the unusually busy 2020 season set the record for most hurricanes, with 2005 when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma hit the Gulf Coast. in that year, So many storms became very strong that they were named The Greek alphabet had to resort to ending the list of rotating names created by meteorologists. World Meteorological Organization.
However, the agency was never found in Etah, as the 28th hurricane of that year was not identified until the season was over and it remained unoccupied. That was the last hurricane in 2005 Subtropical storm A remote archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, near the Azores in October.
“This is the first time Eta will be used in real time,” said Phil Kolotbach, a research scientist for atmospheric science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
He said that the 2020 record of most nominated hurricanes is not likely to end until the 2020 season ends on November 30.
“November is definitely in favor of another storm or two formation,” he said. “Large-scale environments, particularly in the Caribbean, are forecast to remain more favorable than normal late in the hiccup season.”
Eta followed Hurricane Zeta, Which landed in Louisiana as a Category 2 on October 28 storm. this At least six people died In Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
The 2020 storms do not match the intensity of the 2005 storms. That year, eight hurricanes became major storms, defined as storms that reach Category 3 or higher.
But the impact of the 2020 season has been widespread throughout the South.
Hurricane Laura Lake Charles, La., In late August. Hurricane Sally Defeated Florida Panahlele with a deluge of rain in September; And in October, Storm delta Landfall was made less than 20 miles east of Louisiana, where Laura was killed, slamming the area as it was still trying to recover.
Hurricane zeta Heavy rain and powerful winds beat the Louisiana coast, causing widespread power failure in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Carolinas.
Government scientist Predicted an unusually busy storm season, Which began on 1 June.
They indicated factors such as high-above-average sea surface temperatures, a strong African monsoon season, and low vertical wind shear in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean, meaning low wind variability at different altitudes that disrupted the formation of storms. Can.
But the number of named storms exceeded the initial forecast even from the National Hurricane Center.
“The record is broken,” said Denis Feltgen, spokesman and meteorologist at the center in Miami. “But this is not one I would like to break.”
Henry Fountain, Christina Morales, Brian Pisett and Alison Waller contributed reporting.