Eta is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, a rare event in November

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The Eta quickly intensified early Monday to become the 12th hurricane this season and is expected to turn into a major hurricane before making landfall on Tuesday.

At 10:00 a.m. EST, Eta was a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, just 1 mph less than Category 3 status, and was located 115 miles east. from the Nicaragua / Honduras border, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was moving west at 10 mph.

It is predicted to become a Category 3 hurricane later Monday and eventually a Category 4 storm before it makes landfall in Nicaragua early Tuesday morning.

It is extremely rare for a Category 4 storm to strike land at this time of year. There were only three Category 4 hurricanes recorded in November, the most recent being Hurricane Paloma in 2008.

The Eta is expected to slow around the time of landing, making rain the main risk for much of Honduras and Nicaragua. The storm is expected to dump up to 25 inches of rain over much of the two countries, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane-force winds and a 12- to 18-foot storm surge are also possible through Tuesday.

The hurricane center warned that a potentially slow storm after landing could lead to catastrophic wind damage. Those in the path of the storm should also be prepared for sudden flooding, landslides, landslides and extreme property damage.

Eta is expected to travel through Central America until the end of the week, but what will happen after that is not so clear.

Some forecast models show a tropical cyclone over the northwestern Caribbean later this week and over the weekend, but it is not clear whether the system will include remnants of Eta or if it would be ‘an entirely new system, in which case it would be called Theta.

When transformed into a tropical storm over the weekend, Eta became the 28th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season, which has now matched 2005 for the most named storms in a single season. This season reached 28 storms 59 days earlier than the 2005 season.

Both 2005 and 2020 forced meteorologists to name storms using the Greek alphabet, after exhausting the traditional list of names. This is the first time that Eta has been used. The next three names on the list are Theta, Iota, and Kappa.

The hurricane season in the Atlantic ends on November 30, but tropical cyclones can still form until December, as they did in 2005.

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