Nicaragua–November 5th, 2020–Hurricane Eta brought torrential rain and high winds to Nicaragua as it made landfall in the Central American nation on Tuesday.
Two men were killed in when landslide buried the mine they were working in in Bonanza, on Nicaragua’s north coast.
At the Getsemani School, where 215 people were sheltering, Eta’s strong winds ripped 10 sheets of metal off the school’s roof. No one was injured or killed from the incident. Many places are currently without power.
In neighboring Honduras, a 13-year-old girl died in the city of San Pedro Sula when the wall of her home collapsed onto the bed where she was sleeping.
Eta has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.
It first hit Nicaragua as a Category Four hurricane with winds of 140mph (225km/h) and torrential rains.
In the town of Puerto Cabezas, trees were uprooted and the perimeter walls of the baseball stadium was blown over, news agency AFP reports.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says that although Eta has weakened, there remains the risk of life-threatening flash floods in parts of Central America that lie in the storm’s path.
The center of the storm was over northern Nicaragua on Wednesday, and the NHC forecast it would move across central Honduras on Thursday.
It was likely to continue to weaken as it moved over land, the NHC said, but would still produce tropical storm conditions close to its center on Wednesday.
As well as the risk in Central America, the NHC had warned of the possibility of flash flooding across a wider area taking in Jamaica, parts of Mexico, El Salvador and the Cayman Islands.
Jamaica, which has already been affected by heavy rains recently causing flooding, suffered a certain amount from heavy rains associated with the outer bands of Hurricane ETA, leading to several roads in St. Thomas becoming impassable, but no severe damage or loss of life was reported.