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Residents should monitor this storm and maintain high levels of preparedness

Published 3rd November 2020, 2:9pm

The eye of Hurricane Eta is now moving ashore on the Nicaragua coast near Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas. Images from the area show flooded streets, downed trees and damage to property.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is advising that once inland, the hurricane is expected to weaken rapidly as it tracks across Central America, but the storm will bring torrential rainfall and is likely to trigger landslides especially in mountainous areas.

Towards the end of the week, the official forecast track from the NHC places the remnants of Eta back in the Caribbean Sea and moving Northeast, some of the models have the system strengthening back into a cyclone (Tropical Storm or Hurricane).

With heavy rain expected here in the the Cayman Islands, the Cayman Islands National Weather Service has issued a flood warning. A small craft warning is also in effect for the remainder of the week.

There is still a high degree of uncertainty in the long range forecast for Eta, but residents are advised to carefully monitor the progress of this hurricane over the coming days.