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After being downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm, Eta skirted the east coast of Florida bringing torrential rains, flooding and storm surge. Hurricane Eta made landfall south of Nicaragua with estimated wind speeds of 140 mph around 4 p.m. People left homeless were moved to various shelters after the storm had passed. As of 10 a.m. EST Monday, Eta was centered about 140 miles northeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, on the country’s northeastern coast. [19] It fell below major hurricane status just three hours after landfall at 00:00 UTC on November 4. Hurricane Eta is the worst storm to hit Central America since Hurricane Mitch in 1998—the most destructive natural disaster to impact the region. Four homes on the collective land title were completely destroyed by the Gamma River, which was created by a tropical storm 15 years ago when a river affected by oil palm plantations overflowed and branched off, running through Triunfo de la Cruz on its way to the Caribbean. Rescue workers had to call off the search due to increasingly unstable conditions as the rains continued. [3] The disturbance steadily moved westward into a more favorable upper-level environment and very warm waters. [64] The next day, tropical storm warnings were put into effect for all of the islands. A man walks his bike through knee-deep floodwaters in a neighborhood of Jehova, Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. “They are from people with relatives here,” Nuñez said. [47], With the threat of 14–21 feet (4.3–6.4 m) of storm surge along the coastline, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega issued a yellow alert for the departments of Jinotega, Nueva Segovia, and the North Caribbean Autonomous Region on October 31, which were upgraded to a red alert by November 2. “Skin complications and respiratory symptoms will be continuous,” said Juan Carlos Arteaga, the Doctors Without Borders team leader in Choloma. [63], Once the Cayman Islands came close to the cone of Tropical Depression Eta on November 5, tropical storm watches were issued for Grand Cayman and all of the other islands. Iota came ashore just 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall Nov. 3, also as a Category 4 storm. [54] The National Police of Honduras was tasked to advise passengers of roadways blocked by a landslide or flooding. An emergency appeal for 20 million Swiss francs (US$22 million) was made to supplement local Red Cross activities in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Within a few months of Mitch’s landfall, U.S. and Mexican authorities reported record numbers of apprehensions of Hondurans fleeing the disaster. linked to Nicaraguan beef exports to the U.S. [111] Multiple reports of flooding and landslides occurred nationwide, 12 rivers saw increased levels, prompting concern for further flooding, and 26 people required evacuation in Corredores and Parrita. Arteaga is also worried about basic supplies for evacuees, particularly food, given the initial outpouring of contributions in crisis situations often drops off long before the need subsides. Non-Indigenous settlers, some of whom work in tandem with large-scale cattle ranchers, clear-cut sections of the largest remaining tract of tropical rainforest in Central America, their cattle contaminate water sources, and they are often armed and aggressive. [70] Residents of mobile homes and other vulnerable structures in the Florida Keys were told to evacuate ahead of Tropical Storm Eta as a state of emergency was declared in several counties including Monroe and Miami-Dade. Millions of people have been affected. Eta’s eye could make landfall right over this area Tuesday. Although Eta’s path was nowhere near Panama, rains from the storm caused extensive damages in the western province of Chiriquí, including Ngäbe-Buglé territory. In the Indigenous communities of Guatemala hardest hit by Hurricane Eta’s ruinous sweep through Central America, early response to the disaster has come in the form of self-help, amid claims that the slow pace of official assistance is just the latest example of neglect. Eta rapidly weakened to a tropical depression as it meandered across Central America for two days before moving north over water. SHARE. That’s all it takes to support the journalism you rely on. Photo: Yoseph Amaya/Getty Images; Seth Sidney Berry/SOPA/AP. A total of 107 communities experienced power outages. [71] Later, Hurricane Warnings were issued for the Florida Keys. Over the next five days, the system moved erratically, moving through the Florida Keys and stalling in the southern Gulf of Mexico, its intensity fluctuating along the way. [56] In response to Hurricane Eta, in order to limit movements and protect human lives, the Honduran government canceled the Morazanico national holiday. Photos show the worst of Eta, as it journeyed from Central America, where the storm caused catastrophic flooding and landslides, to Florida and northward to North Carolina and Virginia. The mosquito species that can carry the three viruses, all of which can be fatal, breeds in stagnant water, and floodwaters have receded in some areas but not others. Hurricane Eta was a devastating Category 4 hurricane that wreaked havoc across parts of Central America in early November 2020. [123][124] Overall, about 48,500 businesses and homes lost electricity throughout South Florida. TPS only applies to people already in the U.S. when the status is granted, which excludes populations with less social and economic capital. [38] The system turned further east and made landfall near Cedar Key, Florida at 09:00 UTC on November 12, with sustained winds of 50 mph (85 km/h). [105] Total economic losses in Honduras are estimated in excess of 125 billion lempiras (US$5 billion). [40] Eta bottomed out with winds of 40 mph (65 km/h) before restrengthening as it began its extratropical transition. [95] Two people in the municipality of Bonanza died after they were buried in a landslide while working in a mine. “Biden says he wants to ensure a pathway to citizenship for TPS holders.”. Eta’s torrential rains saturated the soil in the region, leaving it prone to new landslides and floods, and that the storm surge could reach 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to 6 meters) above normal tides. About 100 homes were damaged by flooding and landslides. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared an emergency in advance of Eta. The Category 1 Hurricane stayed 100 miles offshore, but we still had wind gusts near 70 mph, storm surge, flooding, and power outages. The U.S. was a signatory to the resulting accord, the Paris Agreement, which entered into force in 2016 under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Donations worth millions of USD had been given to affected countries to help recoveries. By November 8, 14,362 people remained in shelters and required hygiene supplies. The Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras reported that 14 roads and 339 homes were destroyed. This came after Eta became forecast to become a tropical storm again before brushing by the islands. Damage caused Hurricane ETA, on the north Caribbean coast in Bilwi, Nicaragua, (EPA-EFE) Guatemala's toll was on top of 13 victims in Honduras and two in Nicaragua. [126] One of the state's largest COVID-19 testing sites, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, was flooded. [135], A member of Restoring Family Links was dispatched to Honduras for administrative assistance. [87], Communities along the Macal and Mopan rivers in western Belize experienced severe flooding due to Hurricane Eta. Another unofficial report of a 58 mph wind gust was recorded at […] SHARE. (Right/Bottom) People who were forced to abandon their homes in the San Pedro Sula Valley due to floods in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta take refuge in a makeshift camp underneath an overpass in Chemelecon on Nov. 7, 2020. In the Indigenous communities of Guatemala hardest hit by Hurricane Eta’s ruinous sweep through Central America, early response to the disaster has come in the form of self-help, amid claims that the slow pace of official assistance is just the latest example of neglect. Two weeks after Hurricane Eta, Hurricane Iota hit and caused further damage. In the Ngäbe-Buglé village of Boca de Remedio, a landslide buried a family of six. [22], Despite becoming extremely disorganized, Eta maintained its low-level circulation and began gradually turning northeastward, eventually moving back over the Caribbean Sea on November 6 and accelerating due to the influence of a developing mid- to upper-level trough over the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images. Key roads were destroyed, and now some villages that did not suffer damage from Eta’s rains are cut off and running out of food. The Week. (Left/Top) A woman carries her son as she walks on the mud at Bordo del Lancetilla village flooded by the overflow of the Lancetilla river on Nov. 3, 2020 in Tela, Honduras. Members of Red Cross help to evacuate people after the overflow of Bambito river due to the heavy rains caused by Hurricane Eta, now degraded to a tropical storm, in Bambito, Chiriqui Province 450 north of Panama City. After Centeno’s forced disappearance, a few people withdrew from the community aid efforts out of fear, but Nuñez never took a step back. Hurricane Eta leaves trail of destruction in Central America. The Intercept is an independent nonprofit news outlet. How many covert wars, miscarriages of justice, and dystopian technologies would remain hidden if our reporters weren’t on the beat? It is a status that has to be renewed every six to 18 months and is often under threat of sudden termination. Hurricane Eta made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical depression as it advanced overland. Accumulations generally exceeded 2.8 in (70 mm) with a maximum of 6.3 in (160 mm) in the La Unión Department. [33][34] However, even after its center became sheared to the west of its convection, Eta began to re-intensify again over the warm waters of the Gulf. Many places are currently without power. [79] Over 100 people were buried from the landslide, and rescuers began searching them on November 9. Tropical Storm Eta … When the pandemic hit, elected community council president Sneider Centeno had approached Nuñez, a nurse, about getting involved with the community aid center, and the two began working together closely. Damage in Central America Post Iota and Eta Is Staggering. When Nuñez spoke with The Intercept, the community had not received any aid from the municipal government, but food supplies were coming in. In Panama, most Indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé community residents have no intention of migrating to the U.S. or any other country. We had a storm churning out at sea for a week and then it went straight for us. An estimated 2.5 million people were directly affected by the storm, including 1.7 million in Honduras. [18] Land interaction caused Eta to rapidly weaken as it moved slowly westward after landfall with its eye disappearing and its central convection weakening. [140] Israeli humanitarian aid agency IsraAID's locally based team arrived in Alta Verapaz, on November 9 and provided psychological first aid, medical support, relief items, hygiene kits, and water filters. [77][110], The outer bands of Hurricane Eta brought heavy rainfall to portions of Costa Rica. [67], Late on November 6, tropical storm watches were issued for the northwestern Bahamas. The Category 4 hurricane continues to churn across the northern part of the country with heavy rain and strong winds after making landfall on Tuesday. An estimated 2.5 million people were directly affected by the storm, including 1.7 million in Honduras. [27] It then held its strength and decelerated slightly before making landfall on the south central coast of Cuba at 09:00 UTC. [53] The Honduran Air Force prepared two planes to send 4,000 pounds of food to La Mosquitia, Gracias a Dios. [107] The village of Queja near San Cristobal Verapaz in the center of the country was particularly hard-hit, with a landslide burying 150 homes. Who would hold party elites accountable to the values they proclaim to have? 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