Sustained winds from Eta rose to 75 mph early Monday morning. The storm is moving west toward Central America at 12 mph, according to an updated NHC advisory released early Monday. Eta is expected to make landfall in Nicaragua from Monday to Tuesday as a possible Category 2 hurricane, with winds of around 100 mph.
A hurricane warning is now in effect from the Honduran-Nicaraguan border to Sandy Bay Sirpi, the Nicaraguan NHC said.
Heavy rains will lead to “catastrophic and potentially fatal flash floods”, as well aslandslides, dangerous storm surge and damaged wings, according to the NHC.
The center of Eta is expected to approach the northeast coast of Nicaragua on Monday afternoon and land early on Tuesday before moving inland in northern Nicaragua until Wednesday morning, according to NHC.
The threat of wind and storm surge will diminish throughout Tuesday, but the rain will last well into the week.