Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Eta is now a major Category 4 hurricane bearing down on the coast of Nicaragua
Updated 7:50 PM ET, Mon November 2, 2020
(CNN)Slow-moving Eta, which rapidly intensified overnight, is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and strong winds to Nicaragua and Honduras. Portions of Central America could receive nearly 3 feet of rain, resulting in catastrophic flooding and landslides in some areas.”Eta has become an impressive November hurricane as it continues to undergo rapid strengthening,” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Monday afternoon.Eta’s wind speed went up 80 mph and more than doubled from 7 p.m. Sunday, when Eta was only a tropical storm, to 7 p.m. Monday. This is more than double the qualification for rapid intensification — a wind speed increase of 35 mph in 24 hours.Eta is now a dangerous Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of 150 mph and higher gusts, the NHC said Monday evening.Content by PhoneSoapShop this holiday’s hottest giftKeep your phones and devices as clean as they can possibly be with PhoneSoap’s revolutionary technology.et your local forecast and more weather news from around the world >>>Eta is located about 70 miles from the Nicaragua/Honduras border and is moving to the west-southwest at 9 mph, according to the advisory from the NHC. Conditions will deteriorate in Nicaragua throughout the night, with landfall expected early Tuesday.”Continued strengthening is expected until Eta reaches the coast of Nicaragua,” the NHC said. It will make landfall early Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane, before moving inland over northern Nicaragua through early Wednesday.Monday night, conditions were already beginning to deteriorate along the northeastern coast of Nicaragua, according to the NHC.A hurricane warning is in place for the entire coast of Nicaragua. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the northeastern coast of Honduras.