The National Hurricane Center’s forecast shows Hurricane Eta making landfall as a catastrophic Category Five hurricane in Nicaragua by Tuesday afternoon.
Hurricane Eta rapidly intensified into a dangerous Category Four storm Monday afternoon, and it will likely be the strongest landfalling storm of the season so far. Aircraft reconnaissance found that Eta was intensifying and could become one of the strongest storms on record in the Atlantic Basic Monday night.
At 927 millibars, it’s getting close to being the deepest, strongest November hurricane on record. The strongest?
“Cuba” in 1932: 175 MPH winds and a lowest barometric pressure at or below 915 mb.
Satellite imagery indicated it could be the strongest on record, but the Hurricane Hunters did not confirm the remote estimates:
Eta will make landfall in Central America tonight into tomorrow morning, hammering Honduras and Nicaragua with damaging winds, surge, and flooding rains. After landfall, the steering currents pushing Eta west weaken, meaning the storm will slowly meander around Central America before finally turning northeast by this weekend. Keep up with the forecast track for Eta using our interactive map below.
There is high uncertainty in the track of Eta beyond Tuesday, but there’s a chance this storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico next week. It’s something we’ll have to keep an eye on as the week progresses.