US National Hurricane Center… The US National Hurricane Center announced today that Hurricane Teddy has become a Category 2 hurricane, with sustained winds of 169 kilometers per hour.
The center reported that the storm hit the Atlantic Ocean about 1,000 kilometers east and northeast of the Caribbean Sea, noting that the hurricane was moving northwest, which is the general trend expected to continue through the weekend.
The center also warned of the possibility of an increase in the intensity of the cyclone in the next few days.
US Hurricane Center: Storm Eta formed off the coast of Jamaica
The US National Hurricane Center said a tropical storm named Eta formed about 435 km off the Jamaican capital of Kingston.
The center added that storm warnings were issued for areas on the northeastern coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras.
The US National Hurricane Center warns of Storm Sally in Florida
The US National Hurricane Center indicated the formation of a new tropical storm called “Sally” in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. And that the maximum speed – according to Russia Today’s website – of the winds accompanying the storm is currently up to 64 km per hour, and it is moving at a speed of 11 km per hour, and it is expected that the storm will increase in strength early next week to become a hurricane.
It is noteworthy that meteorologists call the storm after its wind speed reaches 62 km per hour, and classify it as a hurricane after its wind speed exceeds 119 km per hour. Also, Hurricane Laura, which hit the United States last month, killed at least 14 people in Louisiana and Texas, after it swept through Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Eta sweeps through Central America .. deadly landslides and warnings of catastrophic damage
Hurricane Eta tore down rooftops and caused floods and landslides when it swept across the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras on Tuesday, killing at least 3 people and endangering dozens of fishermen. As a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, it destroyed roads and bridges in Honduras. Hundreds of residents were evacuated.
The US National Hurricane Center said that Hurricane Eta, which reached the southern coast of the port of Puerto Casabas, is expected to cause “catastrophic” damage, as the eye of the storm is moving towards land along the northeastern coast of Nicaragua. Winds of up to 140 miles per hour (225 kilometers per hour). And that the strength of the hurricane will decline quickly as it reaches land.
By Tuesday evening, Eta was a Category 2 storm with winds of 169 kph. The National Hurricane Center said it was moving across Nicaragua, about 70 km west-southwest of Puerto Casabas, and was moving west at nine kilometers per hour. Nicaragua media reported that two miners died in a mud flow.
The Honduran Fire Department said a 13-year-old girl died in a landslide in her home.
On the other hand, about 60 fishermen were trapped in the Mosquitia region in eastern Honduras, according to Ruben Morales, a representative of the local population, who said they are in danger.
The fishermen “are still stuck at sea asking for help,” and added that a navy official told him that launching a rescue operation at the moment was very dangerous.
Hurricane Eta hits the northern coast of Nicaragua
Storm Eta, classified as Category 4, hit the northern coast of Nicaragua today, with heavy rain and strong winds, according to the authorities, and the director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Regional Studies Marcio Baca said, “Its impact is a category four on the Saffir-Simpson scale,” with winds of up to 230 km. per hour”.
The hurricane uprooted trees and roofs of houses in Beloi, the largest city on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, whose residents lived ten hard hours, and the Nicaraguan authorities did not report any deaths.
Evacuations in Nicaragua and Honduras as Hurricane Ita approaches
Nicaragua and Honduras are scrambling to evacuate citizens from cities along the Atlantic coast as Hurricane Eta approaches and the US National Hurricane Center warns of flash floods and “high winds” in Central America.
Eta is a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. The Miami-based center expected it to sweep across the northeastern coast of Nicaragua early Tuesday.
The center said rains associated with Eta could cause “a life-threatening storm, high winds, torrential rain, and landslides” in parts of Central America, and could also sweep across Jamaica, southern Haiti, the Cayman Islands, El Salvador, and southern Mexico.
Eta will be one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit Nicaragua in years and may test President Daniel Ortega, who heads one of the poorest countries in the Americas.