Hurricane Eta Hits Nicaragua as a Category 4 Storm
Hurricane Eta made landfall Tuesday in Nicaragua as a Category 4 Storm with sustained winds of 140 MPH, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
The hurricane arrived with destructive winds and torrential rain that is already causing rivers to overflow. Authorities warn that there could be storm surges of up to 15 ft. on the coast.
Approximately 10,000 people were in shelters in Bilwi and in other communities along the coast.
Guillermo González, director of the country’s emergency management agency, said there are reports of roofs flying off homes, trees, poles and power lines falling and rivers rising and causing flooding in the area. Fortunately, there have been no reported injuries or deaths thus far.
The slow moving storm is expected to spend much of the week over Central America leading to concern that there could be widespread damage in the region.
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