Eta started out as a hurricane near Haiti in the Caribbean Sea. Then, as time progressed throughout the week, it regressed to just a tropical depression, just before it begins it’s path to the United States. Even though it was downgraded to this doesn’t mean it still can’t deal damage to the surrounding areas of South America.
Both Honduras and Nicaragua have reported catastrophic damage from all of the rains, winds, and flooding that Eta has caused. At least one death has been reported and another 2,000 people have been evacuated in both countries. The storm also destroyed many of the bridges, roads, and even the homes of the citizens of these countries. The destruction for this tropical storm is so bad because of the fact that the storm is progressing so slowly. It is only going along at about 7 mph but has wind speeds that got up to 140 mph.
Later this week, Eta is expected to resurface over the Caribbean Sea and possibly even over Cuba by Sunday. This means that by Monday morning, Eta could threaten the Southeastern US. Eta is expected to regain its strength once it hits the water, so there is a possibility that it could become classified again as a hurricane. Once Eta does get to Cuba, it is expected that it will be pulled into or even combine with the upper low, which is a tide that goes just under Florida. Eta could then be pulled westward into the eastern Gulf of Mexico by both the upper low tide and the upper level pressure in the atmosphere.
No matter which way Eta lands, parts of the Florida Peninsula are expected to see rounds of heavy rain and may even see local flash flooding warnings. But even with this information, there is still much uncertainty about the magnitude Eta will reach.