Nicaragua has been seriously affected, this Tuesday, after the Category 4 Eta hurricane, considered “extremely dangerous”, it made landfall on the northwest coast of the country, with maximum sustained winds of 220 kilometers per hour (140 m / h).
As reported by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in the United States, Eta is moving west at a speed of about 6 km / h (3 m / h). In the same way, a shift to the northwest is expected starting tonight, with a decrease in the strength of its winds once the center of the hurricane moves towards the interior of the country.
In the early hours of next Wednesday, Eta will find itself deep inside Nicaragua weakened in a tropical storm. And, in the afternoon of the same day, it will cross the border with Honduras and will weaken even more, becoming a tropical depression. Therefore, the area of Nicaragua under hurricane warning is understood from the border with Honduras to Sandy Bay Sirpi.
What will it cause in Central America?
Currently, hurricane force winds extend up to 25 miles (35 km) from your eye and the weakest (tropical storm force) reach 115 miles (185 km). Its effects in certain areas of Central America can be storm surge, potentially catastrophic winds and heavy rains that they can cause flash floods and landslides.
The storm surge, in particular, can raise the sea 14 to 21 feet (4.2 to 6 meters) above the normal level of the tide in the areas of Nicaragua that are in the hurricane passage warning issued by the NHC. In Honduras, for example, the rise can be 3 to 5 feet (up to 1.5 meters). This phenomenon, in addition, it is accompanied by large and destructive waves.
In much of Nicaragua and Honduras Eta will cause rainfall of 15 to 25 inches (380 to 635 mm) and in isolated points up to 35 inches (890 mm) can be collected. And is that this It is a “major” hurricane since this Monday passing to category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale and climbing, in a short time, to 4, while approaching Nicaragua through the Caribbean.