Hurricane ETA the record-breaking #28 named tropical cyclone of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season is already a category 2 storm in the Caribbean, at mid-morning this Monday 2 November 2020.
ETA generated from Tropical Depression Twenty-Nine in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday 1 November as a tropical storm in the Central Caribbean, moving west toward Nicaragua/Honduras at a pace of 24 kph packing sustained 65 kph winds, in a favorable ocean – atmospheric environment of warm 29 Celsius surface waters (thanks to Global Warming) and very little vertical wind shear conducive to further development.
This morning ETA has experienced rapid strengthening going from tropical storm to hurricane strength before sunrise and to category 2 by mid morning. Satellite remote-sensing and hurricane-hunter aircraft observations show a well defined structure with a small central eye and other signs of further strengthening in coming hours.
Guided by atmospheric features over the region ETA’S track is starting to turn somewhat south of west toward the region of Puerto Cabezas in northeastern Nicaragua. Given its current strengthening and favorable environment the possibility that ETA will become a major hurricane, possibly a category 4 tropical cyclone, is high.
Damaging winds, copious rain, and damaging life-threatening storm surge and wave action will impact the Atlantic coastal region on northeastern Nicaragua and southeastern Honduras. Other countries in the region, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Guatemala, Belize, Cuba etc. will also be impacted by this large and powerful cyclone.
All interests in the projected path of ETA must rush to complete their emergency measures now including evacuation from vulnerable coastal regions. Remain alert. Be prepared. MITIGATE!