Hurricane Eta has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 hurricane as it heads toward a potentially catastrophic landfall in Nicaragua Tuesday.
Eta just intensified from 35kt to a 115kt cat-4 in 36 hours. Only ONE storm was stronger after 36 hours … You remember Hurricane Delta?
Okay this is something …— Sam Lillo (@splillo) November 2, 2020
Eta just intensified from 35kt to a 115kt cat-4 in 36 hours.
Let's look at all Atlantic TCs *any time of the year* starting at 35kt or lower.
I did this and saw only ONE storm that was stronger at 36 hours ….. Remember Hurricane Delta? pic.twitter.com/Ov7P8XvPbg
As of the National Hurricane Center’s 4 p.m. EST advisory Monday, Eta had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Some additional strengthening is possible before landfall.
Eta is forecast to bring a catastrophic storm surge and destructive winds to the northeast Nicaraguan coast near the storm’s eyewall Tuesday. Eta’s slow movement through the rest of the week is likely to bring catastrophic flash flooding and mudslides from heavy rain well inland over Central America.
JUST IN: #HurricaneEta continues to rapidly intensify, now a Cat 4. Could even come close to Cat 5 before devastating landfall in Nicaragua tonight/Tuesday. Eta has strengthened faster than any storm on record in the Atlantic during November.— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) November 2, 2020
Update: https://t.co/rM59mfWlQ6 pic.twitter.com/oahBHw23Wc
Eta became only the fourth November hurricane to reach Category 4 intensity in historical records dating to 1851, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist Phil Klotzbach. Paloma in 2008 was the last hurricane to do so.
#Eta forecast to become a Category 4 #hurricane before landfall in Nicaragua. There have been 3 Category 4s and 1 Category 5 in the Atlantic in November on record:— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) November 2, 2020
Cuba Hurricane (1932) pic.twitter.com/xwudBvIrkT