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Post by thelivyjr » Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:40 p


"Eta could produce torrential rain, strong wind for South Florida"

By Dennis Romero

Nov. 6, 2020

The former hurricane known as Eta was expected to regain strength Friday as it aimed its torrential rain and strong winds at South Florida and the Florida Keys, federal forecasters said.

Eta, which was downgraded to a tropical storm and then to a tropical depression Wednesday, caused a massive landslide Friday in San Cristobal Verapaz, Guatemala, where 100 people may have died, President Alejandro Giammattei said.

Video from Guatemala shows an army helicopter being used to rescue a family from a rooftop as flood waters inundated their community.

The storm Friday was about 115 miles east of Belize City, Belize, and was moving northeast at 7 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph as the Cayman Islands and parts of Cuba were under tropical storm warnings.

Moving across the northwestern Caribbean on Friday, Eta was expected to restrengthen to a tropical storm.

It was forecast to spread heavy rain from Central America to southeastern Mexico and from Jamaica to the Cayman Islands.

Parts of South Florida and the Florida Keys were in for the possibility of 15 inches of rain by the time Eta brushes the coastline and then heads into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, the center said.

Winds by then could reach 65 mph, too weak to be considered hurricane-force, said atmospheric research scientist Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University.

The big concern as Eta aims for the U.S. is precipitation and the possibility of flash flooding, forecasters said.

"This is going to be a very big and very serious rain event," said National Hurricane Center meteorologist and spokesman Dennis Feltgen.

"There's a serious threat of some urban flooding."

He urged Florida residents to pay attention to the forecast.

Eta is considered life-threatening in part because it's spending plenty of time in one place.

"The storm is forecast to move relatively slowly as it approaches" the U.S., Klotzbach said by email.

U.S. landfall was yet to be forecast.

Eta was expected to weaken after it enters the Gulf of Mexico, Feltgen said.

Eta is punctuating a record-setting year in which 11 named tropical cyclones have made landfall in the continental United States.

Dennis Romero writes for NBC News and is based in Los Angeles.

The Associated Press contributed.

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Post by thelivyjr » Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:40 p


"Tropical Storm Eta brings rain and flash flooding to Florida; could strengthen into hurricane"

By Tim Fitzsimons

Nov. 9, 2020, 10:19 AM EST

Tropical Storm Eta continues to lash Florida with steady rain and localized downpours as it moves away from the state's southwest coast and over the Gulf of Mexico.

Eta made landfall late Sunday night over the Florida Keys and, as of a 7 a.m. ET government forecast, the storm has 65 mph winds and is located 80 miles west-northwest from Key West.

After it moves further west over the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, Eta is expected to strengthen again into a Category 1 hurricane.

Much of southern Florida is under a tropical storm warning as of Monday morning.

While the highest wind recorded since Eta arrived at the shores of the U.S. was a 71 mph gust at Carysfort Reef in the Florida Keys, precipitation was worst overnight to the north and east of the storm's eye.

Rain bands dumped seven to 11 inches of precipitation that caused significant flash flooding around Miami and Fort Lauderdale that continues into Monday morning.

Rain is forecast for much of the state Monday, with two to four inches predicted with some localities expecting up to 18 inches, with isolated tornadoes.

Later in the week, there is more uncertainty about what track Eta will take.

The current forecast meanders Eta around the Gulf through late week before potentially making a second landfall along the northern Gulf Coast of Florida late Friday into early Saturday.

The storm is part of a record-shattering 2020 hurricane season.

It is the 12th named storm to make landfall on the continental United States; the previous record was nine.

And Eta is Florida's first November tropical storm landfall since 1998.

Eta carved a deadly path across Central America after it made landfall Tuesday as a Category 4 Hurricane.

Nicaragua recorded 140 mph winds and structural damage to buildings.

Over 100 people are reported missing in Guatemala and 27 are confirmed dead, and local authorities in Honduras say 21 have died in that country.

Twenty people were reported dead in southern Mexico.

Tim Fitzsimons reports on LGBTQ news for NBC Out.

The Associated Press and Kathryn Prociv contributed.

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Post by thelivyjr » Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:40 p


"At least six dead as heavy rains and Tropical Storm Eta soak southeast - Dozens of people were rescued and three bodies were found at a North Carolina campground, authorities said."

By Tim Stelloh, Tim Fitzsimons and Kathryn Prociv

Nov. 12, 2020, 9:10 AM EST / Updated Nov. 12, 2020, 8:02 PM EST

At least six people are dead, including five in North Carolina, as Tropical Storm Eta soaked the southeast and made landfall for the second time in four days in Florida.

The National Hurricane Center said that heavy rain and flooding in the Tar Heel state wasn't directly linked to the storm, but was part of a "frontal boundary" that had spread north across the Carolinas on Thursday.

By Thursday night, the center of the storm was just off the South Carolina coast, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to the region, the center said.

Eta was moving northeast at 17 mph.

Authorities in Alexander County, North Carolina, said that three bodies were found at a flooded campground about 60 miles north of Charlotte on Thursday morning.

Thirty-one people were rescued from the Hiddenite Family Campground and two people are still missing.

Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman said that the campground has a fast-rising river that has previously seen evacuations amid heavy rain.

“That’s exactly what happened last night and this morning,” he told reporters, adding that it had been years since a storm dumped so much water at one time on the region.

Another person died in a car accident in the nearby community of Vashti after one of four bridges in the county were washed out by what officials described as major flooding.

The county saw 10 inches of rain overnight, leaving 50 roads compromised, said Alexander County director of public services Doug Gillespie.

In Rolesville, east of Raleigh, a child drowned in a flooded creek, authorities in Wake County said Thursday, and in Manatee County, Florida, a man died late Wednesday after being shocked by electrical appliances.

He had been trying to sandbag his flooded garage, said Jacob Sauer, the county's director of public safety.

In Charlotte, the fire department rescued 143 students from a charter school north of the city.

Images showed what appeared to be more than a dozen cars submerged in water.

No injuries were reported.

Earlier Thursday, the storm made landfall in Florida, bringing high winds and storm surge to a swathe of the Sunshine State's Gulf Coast.

Eta made landfall at 4 a.m. on Cedar Key with 50 mph winds.

Overnight, the storm dumped three to seven inches of rain in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota area.

Tampa's rainfall of 3.99 inches on Wednesday was the wettest November day on record; Sarasota's 6.41 inches was also the wettest November day on record.

Photos posted online by the Bradenton Police Department showed extensive flooding in that city, which is 45 miles south of Tampa.

Thursday's Florida landfall was Eta's fourth overall on its winding journey across the Caribbean Sea.

It first made landfall as a deadly Category 4 storm in Nicaragua and has visited several countries in nine days, killing dozens in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News based in California.

Tim Fitzsimons reports on LGBTQ news for NBC Out.

Kathryn Prociv is a meteorologist and producer for NBC News.

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Post by thelivyjr » Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:40 p


"Hurricane Iota strengthens to Category 2, expected to become ‘catastrophic’ storm hitting Central America"

By Paola Pérez, Lynnette Cantos and Lisa Maria Garza, Orlando Sentinel

Nov 15, 2020 at 6:51 PM

Hurricane Iota became a Category 2 storm Sunday evening and is quickly gaining strength as it moves closer to Central America with forecasters at the National Hurricane Center warning the storm could bring catastrophic winds, a life-threatening storm surge and torrential rainfall to the region.

Iota is approaching Nicaragua and Honduras and may be at or near Category 4 strength at landfall, according to the latest forecast.

The region is still recovering after Hurricane Eta hit earlier this month as a Category 4 hurricane.

Today is your last guaranteed day to prepare for #Hurricane #Iota since tropical-storm conditions are likely to start by Monday morning on the coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua. This is an extremely dangerous situation with Iota expected to be category 4 at landfall! pic.twitter.com/AdEgFwk9GG

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) November 15, 2020

At 7 p.m. EST Sunday, Hurricane Iota was located about 110 miles east of Isla de Providencia, Colombia, and about 255 miles east-southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua/Honduras border.

Iota’s maximum sustained winds are up to 100 mph with higher gusts, and it’s moving wes across the southwestern Caribbean Sea at 9 mph, the NHC said.

Iota is expected to become a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds as it reaches Central America.

It’s the 13th hurricane of the season, and once it reaches Category 3 strength, it would be the sixth major hurricane of the season.

“Rapid strengthening is expected during the next 36 hours, and Iota is forecast to be an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane when it approaches Central America,” forecasters said.

Iota is expected to bring potentially catastrophic winds, a life-threatening storm surge, and extreme rainfall impacts to Central America, the National Hurricane Center said.

Iota would also be the second major hurricane to form in November after Eta.

This would mark the first hurricane season on record with two major hurricane formations in November, according to Colorado State University meteorologist researcher Phil Klotzbach.

Iota’s hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center, while tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 125 miles from the center.

The storm poses no threat to Florida.

“On the forecast track, the core of Iota will move across the southwestern Caribbean Sea today, pass near or over Providencia island late tonight or Monday, and approach the coasts of northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras within the hurricane warning area late Monday,” forecasters said.

Iota is expected to produce 8 to 16 inches of rain, with isolated 20- to 30-inch totals, across portions of Honduras, northern Nicaragua, Guatemala and southern Belize through Friday next week, the NHC said.

Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, southern Nicaragua and northern Colombia can expect between 1 to 8 inches, with isolated totals of 12 inches of rainfall.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the island of Providencia; the coast of Nicaragua, from its border with Honduras to Sandy Bay Sirpi; and the coast of northeastern Honduras from Punta Patuca to its border with Nicaragua.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the island of San Andrés.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for San Andrés; the coast of Nicaragua, from south of Sandy Bay Sirpi to Bluefields; and the northern coast of Honduras from west of Punta Patuca to Punta Castilla.

Tropical storm conditions are expected on the islands of San Andrés and Providencia starting Sunday afternoon into the night, with hurricane conditions coming late Sunday into early Monday.

Nicaragua and Honduras can expected hurricane conditions by late Monday.

Life-threatening surf and rip current conditions are possible along parts of the coast of Colombia and the southern coasts of Hispaniola and Jamaica over the next day or two, due to swells caused by Iota, forecasters said.

These swells will reach the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras Sunday night into Monday.

Iota formed in the Caribbean on Friday afternoon, becoming the 30th named storm of a record-breaking hurricane season.

It grew from a tropical depression earlier Friday.

Iota’s familiar path

Iota is moving along the same path that Tropical Storm Eta took two weeks ago, when it headed straight for Central America and also strengthened into a major hurricane.

Unlike Eta, though, Iota is not expected to turn and impact the United States.

The general consensus of spaghetti models shows Hurricane Iota targeting Central America on a similar path to Hurricane Eta.

One model shows Iota abruptly stopping and staying north toward Cuba, and another shooting straight for Mexico.

Eta thrashed Nicaragua and Honduras as a major Category 4 storm and weakened to a depression over the region’s mountainous terrain.

It then turned back towards the Caribbean and redeveloped into a tropical storm to target the Cayman Islands, Cuba, the Bahamas and, ultimately, Florida.

“Central America is going to be impacted a lot because they have already seen very heavy rains and strong winds just about ten days ago, and more is on the way,” Fox 35 meteorologist Allison Gargaro said.

People in the region are still grappling with the aftermath of Eta, which has been blamed for the deaths of at least 120 people as its torrential rains brought flash floods and landslides to parts of Central America and Mexico.

Parts of Honduras and Nicaragua are still flooded and recovering from Eta’s damage.

After ravaging the region, Eta then turned, meandered across Cuba, the Florida Keys and around the Gulf of Mexico before slogging ashore again near Cedar Key, Florida.

It then dashed across Florida and the Carolinas.

Eta made landfall over Lower Matecumbe Key late last Sunday.

It dumped torrential rain across South Florida, causing flooding and whipping up winds and storm surge.

The NHC has stopped tracking Tropical Storm Eta.

Forecasters predict Eta and its remnants will accelerate in speed and sprint northeast away from the U.S.

The official end of hurricane season is two weeks away, so if the tropics continue to churn out waves with high chances for development, the world may see more record-breaking figures and potentially more dangerous storms.

The earlier tropical depression tied 2005′s 31 tropical systems.

The previous record for named storms was 29, also set in 2005, which was surpassed earlier this week with the formation of Tropical Storm Theta.

Theta, now a Post-Tropical Cyclone, is continuing its eastbound journey, last located about 650 miles southeast of the Azores.

The storm has weakened to 30 mph maximum sustained winds and is moving at 2 mph.

In its last advisory on the system, the NHC said Sunday that Theta had degenerated into a remnant low and that it should fully dissipate by Tuesday.

Orlando Sentinel staff writers Joe Mario Pedersen, Dave Harris, Richard Tribou, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

paoperez@orlandosentinel.com; lcantos@orlandosentinel.com; lgarza@orlandosentinel.com

Paola Pérez is a web producer for the Sentinel, working behind the scenes on the homepage and social media. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, she lived in Fort Myers, Florida, since 2003, and then went on to study journalism at the University of Central Florida. Paola also served as a reporter at the New York Times' Student Institute.

Lynnette Cantos is a digital content producer for the Orlando Sentinel who handles the home page and social-media accounts on nights and weekends. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico but has lived in the Sunshine State for almost a decade. Previously, she was a regional video producer for McClatchy and graduated from Florida Atlantic University.

Lisa Maria Garza covers Winter Park, Maitland, Eatonville and east Orange County for the Orlando Sentinel. She previously reported general news for Reuters, based in Dallas, and graduated from the University of North Texas. Lisa, a San Antonio native, moved to Florida with her two cats but remains a loyal Spurs fan.

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