Nov. 4 (UPI) — Eta weakened to a tropical storm early Wednesday after making landfall in Central America, and forecasters count on it to go towards South Florida within the coming days.

Eta, the 28th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, moved over Nicaragua as a Class Four hurricane on Tuesday afternoon and introduced heavy rains and powerful winds. Because it moved throughout Nicaragua, it weakened.

In its 7 a.m. EST replace, the Nationwide Hurricane Middle stated Eta was situated 135 miles northeast of Managua, Nicaragua, and had most sustained winds of 50 mph. It could change into a Class 1 hurricane at sustained winds of 74 mph. It was shifting to the west at 7 mph.

“On the forecast monitor, the middle of Eta is predicted to maneuver over northern Nicaragua by means of early this afternoon, after which transfer throughout the central parts of Honduras by means of Thursday morning,” the NHC stated in its advisory. “The system is forecast to emerge over the Gulf of Honduras or the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night time and Friday.”

The NHC suggested folks in Cuba, South Florida and the Florida Keys to observe Eta’s progress because it may strategy Florida late this weekend.

The storm triggered widespread energy outages and flooding in a few of Nicaragua’s poorest areas on Tuesday, in accordance with officers.

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 throughout the month of November.

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 listing was exhausted was 2005.