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Tropical Depression Eta

UPDATED
900 AM CST Thu Nov 05 2020
LOCATION
80 MI SW OF LA CEIBA HONDURAS
WINDS
30 MPH
PRESSURE
1005 MB
MOVING
NW AT 9 MPH

ETA PRODUCING HEAVY RAINS AND LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING OVER

PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AMERICA

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HAZARDS
SUMMARY

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. The governments of Nicaragua and Honduras continue to issue warnings on heavy rain and flooding in those countries, and interests in Nicaragua and Honduras should continue to monitor the progress of this system. Interests in Belize, western Cuba, and the Cayman Islands should also monitor the progress of this system, as Tropical Storm watches may be required later today or tonight for portions of these areas.


Key messages for Eta can be found in the Tropical Cyclone Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT4, WMO header WTNT44 KNHC, and on the web at www.hurricanes.gov/text/MIATCDAT4.shtml. RAINFALL: Eta is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts through Tuesday morning: Portions of Central America: An additional 10 to 15 inches (255 to 380 mm), isolated maximum storm totals of 40 inches (1000 mm) in eastern Honduras and eastern Nicaragua. Southeastern Mexico: 5 to 10 inches (125 to 255 mm), isolated maximum totals of 20 inches (510 mm). Jamaica: An additional 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125 mm), isolated maximum storm totals of 15 inches (380 mm). The Cayman Islands into portions of Cuba: 10 to 20 inches (255 to 510 mm), isolated maximum totals of 30 inches (760 mm). This rainfall will lead to catastrophic, lifethreatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain of Central America. Significant, lifethreatening flash flooding and river flooding is possible in the Cayman Islands and Cuba. Flash flooding and river flooding is expected for Jamaica and southeast Mexico. SURF: Swells generated by Eta are expected to affect portions of the coast of Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico during the next couple of days. These swells are likely to cause lifethreatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.


At 900 AM CST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Eta was located near latitude 15.1 North, longitude 87.8 West. The depression is moving toward the northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the north, and then the northeast is forecast to occur tonight and Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Eta is expected to move across northwestern Honduras through this afternoon, and emerge over the Gulf of Honduras by tonight. Eta is forecast to approach the Cayman Islands and western or central Cuba this weekend. Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph (45 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is likely through tonight. After that, Eta is forecast to intensify over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).

View storm archives
      Tropical Storm Eta Advisory 42
      TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED FOR THE DRY TORTUGAS AND A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE WEST COAST OF FLORIDA
      Tropical Storm Eta Advisory 34A
      TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS, A DANGEROUS STORM SURGE, AND HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLASH FLOODING SPREADING OVER SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE KEYS
      Hurricane Eta Advisory 10
      AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTERS FIND THAT ETA HAS CONTINUED TO RAPIDLY STRENGTHEN AS IT APPROACHES NORTHEASTERN NICARAGUA
      Hurricane Eta Advisory 9
      ETA BECOMES A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE AS CONDITIONS BEGIN TO DETERIORATE ALONG THE NORTHEASTERN COAST OF NICARAGUA
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