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Tropical Storm Eta ties record; expected to become hurricane

Forecasters expected Eta to become a hurricane during the night and it was predicted to be nearing the Nicaraguan coast early on Tuesday.

By: AP | Miami | November 2, 2020 7:41:33 am
Eta, storm Eta, tropical storm Eta, hurricane Eta, Eta hurricane, world news, Indian ExpressEta had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) on Sunday night.

Rain-heavy Tropical Storm Eta strengthened rapidly on Sunday while heading for a drenching collision with Central America, as the Atlantic hurricane system tied the record for the most-named storms.

Eta had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) on Sunday night, the US National Hurricane Center said. It was centred about 245 miles (390 kilometres) east of the Nicaragua-Honduras border and was heading westward at 14 mph (22 kph).

Forecasters expected Eta to become a hurricane during the night and it was predicted to be nearing the Nicaraguan coast early on Tuesday.

Forecasters said central and northern Nicaragua into much of Honduras could get 15 to 25 inches (380 to 640 millimetres of rain, with 35 inches (890 millimetres) in isolated areas.

Heavy rains also were likely in eastern Guatemala, southern Belize and Jamaica.

Eta is the 28th named Atlantic storm this season, tying the 2005 record for named storms. However, this is the first time the Greek letter Eta is being used as a storm name because after the 2005 season ended, meteorologists went back and determined that there had been a storm that should have gotten a name but did not.

Hurricane season still has a month to go, ending November 30. And in 2005, Zeta formed toward the end of December.

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