MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Powerful hurricane Eta made landfall in Nicaragua on Tuesday afternoon, bringing devastating wind, life-threatening storm surge, and flash flooding that had already destroyed rooftops and caused rivers to overflow.
At 4 p.m. Tuesday, maximum sustained winds were 140 mph.
The center of the storm was 15 miles south-southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. Eta is moving toward the west near 5 mph.
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A faster westward or west-northwestward motion is expected through early Thursday. A turn toward the north, and then north-northeast is forecast Thursday night and Friday. On the forecast track, the
center of Eta is expected to move inland over northern Nicaragua through Wednesday morning, and then move across the central portions of Honduras through Thursday morning. The system is forecast to
emerge over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night or Friday.
Eta is the 28th named Atlantic storm this season, tying the 2005 record for named storms. Hurricane season officially ends on November 30th.