Eta expected to re-strengthen before reaching Florida, could make landfall as hurricane

Lovin Jesus

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Eta has been downgraded to a tropical depression as it creeps across Central America, but the deadly storm is expected to re-intensify as it approaches Florida over the weekend.
The 28th named storm of the season made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, killing at least four people so far according to local media.

But as of 10 a.m. Thursday, Eta is down to a tropical depression with winds up to 30 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is located about 80 miles southwest of La Ceiba, Honduras.

Forecasters warned, however, that Eta will pick up steam as it crosses into the Caribbean Thursday evening or Friday. The storm is expected to pass over Cuba and approach south Florida Sunday or Monday as a tropical storm.

“There is an increasing risk of impacts from wind and rainfall in portions of the Cayman Islands, Cuba, southern Florida and the Florida Keys this weekend and early next week,” the National Hurricane Center said.
Heavy rainfall and “catastrophic, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding,” along with landfalls, is expected across Central America, Mexico, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba over the weekend.

As it stands, Eta could hit south Florida as a strong tropical storm or a weak hurricane, according to models.
Having already tied the record for named storms in a single season, Eta could break the record for named storms to make landfall in the U.S. with 12.