Nov. 6 (UPI) — Tropical Melancholy Eta is shifting towards Cuba and the southeastern United States and is anticipated to develop right into a tropical storm once more on Friday.

The storm was a Class four hurricane when it arrived in Nicaragua on Wednesday, however weakened because it moved farther over land. Eta continues to be producing heavy rain and life-threatening flooding in Honduras, Nicaragua and Belize.

In its 6 a.m. CST replace Friday, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart stated Eta was situated about 65 miles east of Belize Metropolis, Belize, and 410 miles southwest of Grand Cayman. It had most sustained winds of 35 mph and was shifting north at 7 mph.

Eta would once more change into a tropical storm as soon as it reaches most sustained winds of 39 mph.

The storm is anticipated to strengthen right into a tropical storm on Friday because it travels nearer to Cuba and the southeastern United States, the place it may make landfall in Florida late this weekend or early subsequent week.

The middle of Eta will transfer over the western Caribbean by means of Friday, strategy the Cayman Islands Saturday and arrive over Cuba Sunday.

Eta may attain hurricane pressure once more on its approach towards Cuba. AccuWeather meteorologists anticipate it to strategy southern Florida as a tropical storm. Eta’s monitor exhibits it veering to the west when it reaches Florida and the storm may find yourself within the Gulf of Mexico, the NHC stated.

“It seems that Eta won’t simply wither away over Central America this week as some a part of the diminishing storm’s circulation is prone to survive and re-enter the western Caribbean, the place the method of reorganizing and restrengthening is certain to happen,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Mike Doll stated.

Florida has largely dodged impacts to date in a record-setting Atlantic hurricane season, which has spawned 28 named techniques.

No landfalls have occurred within the state but this season, however forecasters say the area is just not out of the woods. Eta might pose a big risk to lives and property, and on the very least, an interruption in every day actions and journey late this weekend and early subsequent week.

The water over the northwestern Caribbean is a few of the warmest of your complete Atlantic basin and many heat sufficient to nurture a tropical system. Eta is forecast to spend about 36 hours over the nice and cozy waters of the northwestern Caribbean, which is sufficient to permit for strengthening.

Situations are forecast to deteriorate over western Cuba, particularly alongside the southern coast throughout Saturday afternoon and night. Rounds of heavy rain, robust winds and surf are anticipated. The chance of flash flooding will enhance, as will the potential for mudslides within the mountainous terrain.

The storm might have one other alternative to strengthen as soon as it emerges over the Florida Straits to the north of Cuba in the course of the day Sunday. Right now, forecasters anticipate Eta to strategy the Florida Keys and South Florida on Sunday night time.

Impacts in South Florida and the Florida Keys late this weekend to early subsequent week will rely upon the storm’s precise monitor and velocity after its encounter with Cuba. The magnitude of wind, rain and storm surge anticipated within the Sunshine State may change over time as particulars on Eta’s erratic path and energy change into extra clear.

Offered that Eta strikes Cuba as a hurricane and maintains some energy whereas crossing Cuba on Saturday night time, a possible exists for hurricane-force wind gusts of 74 mph or larger in a part of the Florida Keys and the southern a part of the Florida Peninsula on Sunday.

Forecasters stated the most probably situation is for Eta to emerge into the Gulf of Mexico after placing southern Florida, however there may be the potential that the storm will linger close to Cuba and Florida as an alternative, or it may probably even transfer north over the Bahamas.

Eta has made historical past and matched the energy of the strongest storm of the tumultuous 2020 hurricane season — Hurricane Laura — when its winds peaked at 150 mph earlier this week.

Eta joined the ranks of eight different tropical techniques within the Atlantic this season and underwent speedy strengthening, which is outlined by a tropical system that experiences a rise its most sustained winds by 35 mph inside 24 hours.