The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned this Saturday about Eta's "strengthening," which has once again become a tropical storm, and the risk of tornadoes in the Florida Keys and southern U.S. state by night on Sunday.
In a recent update, the agency detailed that Eta's maximum winds have increased to 100 kilometers per hour as it approaches Cuba, where "cyclone surge and flash flooding" are expected.
7 pm EST Saturday Update: Tropical Storm #Eta strengthening & heading for Cuba. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. A dangerous storm arises and flash flooding also expected in Cuba. https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/c7D9QYfwAc
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) November 7, 2020
On the same day, the NHC also warned of the possibility of a "life-threatening cyclone surge" in parts of the South Florida peninsula, as well as rains that could cause flash flooding until Tuesday morning. "There may be cyclone surge flooding between 2 and 4 feet above ground level[0,6 y 1,2 metros] in that area," that center wrote on his Twitter account.
As it passed through Central America, Eta affected several countries in the area, causing heavy flooding, landslides and extensive property damage. This Monday it became a hurricane as it made its way to the coast of Honduras, where it left several dead and dozens of affected communities and flooded the country's second largest airport. Some 150 people have been reported dead or missing in Guatemala.