Nov. 3 (UPI) — Hurricane Eta made landfall in Nicaragua on Tuesday as a strong Class four storm, and it’s projected to succeed in southern Florida as tropical storm.

Eta, the 28th named storm and 12th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, moved over land on Tuesday afternoon, the Nationwide Hurricane Middle mentioned. “Catastrophic” wind harm and life-threatening storm surge had been anticipated Tuesday with the attention wall projected to maneuver alongside the northeastern coast of Nicaragua.

As of 10 p.m. EST, Eta was positioned 45 miles west-southwest of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua and was touring west at 6 mph whereas carrying most sustained winds of 105 mph, the Nationwide Hurricane Middle mentioned.

In its four p.m. replace, the NHC mentioned water ranges may attain 14 to 21 ft above regular tide ranges in some space. Catastrophic flash flooding and landslides are anticipated by means of Friday night in elements of Central America. Jamaica, southeast Mexico, El Salvador, southern Haiti, and the Cayman Islands additionally may see flash flooding and river flooding.

The NHC suggested individuals in Cuba, southern Florida and the Florida keys to observe the progress of the storm, which may regain tropical storm power earlier than approaching Florida this weekend.

In its 1 p.m. replace, the NHC mentioned Eta is “extraordinarily harmful.”

By Tuesday morning, the storm had already induced widespread energy outages and triggered flooding in a few of the nation’s poorest areas, based on Nicaraguan officers.

A hurricane warning is in impact from the coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras-Nicaragua border to Sandy Bay Sirpi, the NHC mentioned.

When Eta reached Class four power, it achieved a uncommon feat for this late within the season. Solely three Class four hurricanes — Lenny in 1999, Michelle in 2001 and Paloma in 2008 — and one Class 5 hurricane have developed within the Atlantic in the course of the month of November.

Forecasters say Eta may have related affect to that of Hurricane Mitch from 1998, which struck across the similar level of the season. Greater than 11,000 individuals died on account of catastrophic flooding.

When Eta turned a tropical storm on Saturday, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season tied 2005 for producing essentially the most tropical storms in a single season.

The Nationwide Hurricane Middle had by no means used the title Eta earlier than this storm, making it the farthest the middle ever dipped into the Greek alphabet to call a tropical storm. The one different 12 months to make use of Greek letters to call Atlantic storms after the season’s designated record was exhausted was 2005.