Tropical Depression Twenty-Nine becomes Tropical Storm Eta in the Caribbean Sea and as of now it poses no threat to the U.S. mainland
This ties the record for storms set in the 2005 season and is the first time the name Eta has been used in the Atlantic basin
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Tropical Depression Twenty-Nine becomes Tropical Storm Eta over the central Caribbean Sea with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving west at 15 mph. This ties the record for storms set in the 2005 season and is the first time the name Eta has been used in the Atlantic basin. Eta is over warm water and is in environment of light vertical wind shear. These conditions are expected to continue until the system nears the coast of Central America within the next 60-72 hours. Thus, steady strengthening is expected, with the storm forecast to reach hurricane strength within the next 36-48 hours. After 72 hours, the intensity forecast is tied to whether or not the cyclone’s center moves inland over Central America, and the current forecast is based on the forecast track that takes the center well inland. As of now this forecast is of generally low confidence, and significant changes could be required in later advisories depending on model trends.
Eta is expected to strengthen to a hurricane early next week as it approaches the coast of Central America Monday night, and there is a risk of storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall for portions of Nicaragua and Honduras. Hurricane warnings could be needed for portions of those areas on Sunday.
Through Thursday evening, heavy rainfall from Eta may lead to flash flooding and river flooding across portions of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Central America, which could lead to landslides in areas of higher terrain. Flooding is also possible near the southern coast of Hispaniola, depending upon the track of the storm.
The First Alert Weather Team will be watching this system closely and will continue providing updates both on-air, online and on your mobile device (ABC 7 First Alert Weather App).
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