Tuesday, November 24

Tropical Storm Eta makes landfall in Florida again with torrential rains and flooding

Tropical Storm Eta makes landfall in Florida again with torrential rains and flooding

Streets flooded in downtown Miami, Florida, by the passage of Storm Eta.

Photo: Cristobal Herrera / EFE

Tropical Storm Eta played again in Florida at 4 am this Thursday, near the city of Cedar Key. With maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kilometers per hour), Eta left torrential rains in parts of the west coast of the state as it advanced over the Gulf of Mexico and north of the peninsula.

More than 14,000 people in the state they ran out of electricity. And in Bradenton Beach, a man was electrocuted to death Wednesday night while walking into his flooded home, according to police.

In Tampa, firefighters rescued a dozen people who were trapped in the Bayshore Boulevard flooding. On Thursday morning, there were still a few abandoned vehicles on the flooded road.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC, in English), Eta was moving to northeast Florida this Thursday at 13 mph (20 km / hour), it will reach the Atlantic and move parallel to the Carolinas (but without touching land).

In the latest NHC update, Eta had top winds of 45 mph (75 km / h). Experts predict that the storm will weaken after making landfall but later, between Thursday and Friday, it may regain strength as a cyclone before being absorbed by a larger one.

No injuries, serious damage, or immediate flooding were reported in the Tampa Bay area when the meteor passed over that area Wednesday afternoon. Multiple tornado alerts were issued, but there were no reports of it making landfall.

More than 3.5 million people live in the five coastal counties of Tampa Bay. No mandatory evacuations have been ordered, but authorities have set up shelters for those who need them. Local media reported that only a handful of people used them.

By Wednesday morning, Eta had turned into a hurricane again, but then, just hours later, it weakened into a tropical storm.

In Cuba, the phenomenon overflowed rivers and flooded coastal areas. Nail 25,000 people were evacuated and there were no reports of deaths as of Tuesday, although the rain continued.

This was the named storm 28, in an intense hurricane season in the Atlantic. And on Monday night, it was followed by storm number 29: Theta, thus exceeding the historical record of storms and hurricanes reached in 2005.

The storm already made landfall Sunday in the Florida Keys, causing flooding in urban areas and homes in Miami-Dade County.

A new study indicates that hurricanes have not only become more recurrent but have maintain their strength longer once they make landfall, causing further destruction in their wake, The Associated Press news agency reported.

The storm struck Central America as a Category 4 hurricane and caused dozens of deaths and disappeared from Mexico to Panama, before moving to the Gulf in the early hours of Monday.

The worst consequences have been suffered in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and in southern Mexico. In total, they have already been counted dozens of dead and more than 100 people are still missing in the Central American area. There was also material damage from landslides and mud that overwhelmed dozens of houses.

In Mexico, the states of Chiapas and Tabasco decreed a state of emergency due to catastrophic floods and they count about 30 dead and tens of thousands of victims. In some municipalities of Tabasco, the accumulated water exceeded nine feet in height and thousands of families lost all their belongings.

With AP information.

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