Nov 5, 2020 - Science

Florida in path of deadly storm Eta

 A man reacts as he looks at damages caused by the passage of Hurricane Eta in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, on November 4
A man reacts to damage caused by the passage of Hurricane Eta in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, on Wednesday. Photo: Inti Ocon/AFP via Getty Images

Florida officials are bracing for storm Eta, which killed at least five people after making landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane this week, per Reuters.

The big picture: Eta is the 28th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, tying a 2005 record.

  • Florida escaped the record 11 landfalls that have hit the U.S. this year, but Eta is expected to regain tropical storm strength and threaten southern Florida and the Florida Keys as early as this weekend, the National Hurricane Center warns.
  • Its heavy rains are forecast to trigger flooding across parts of Central America and several Caribbean islands.
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