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Hurricane Eta blasts Nicaraguan coast as Category 4 storm by Kathryn Prociv, Tim Stelloh and The Associated Press November 04,2020   |  Source: NBC

Hurricane Eta blasted Nicaragua as a Category 4 storm Tuesday, bringing catastrophic winds and the possibility of flash flooding, landslides and a deadly storm surge to the Central American country, officials said.

Eta — the fifth major hurricane of the 2020 season — made landfall south of Puerto Cabezas on Tuesday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said, and when the storm was coming ashore it had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.

By 7 p.m., the center of the storm was inland over northeastern Nicaragua and maximum sustained winds were 110 mph. But it was bringing "life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, and flash flooding" to parts of Central America, the hurricane center said in an advisory. The storm was moving west at 5 mph.

Eta was forecast to produce a storm surge of 10 to 15 feet above normal tide levels along parts of the Nicaragua coast, and rainfall for much of that country and Honduras of between 10 to 15 inches with isolated amounts of up to 35 inches.

Guillermo González, director of Nicaragua’s emergency management agency, said in a news conference that there were reports of swollen rivers, corrugated metal roofs flying off homes and fallen trees, poles and power lines.

So far, there were no reported injuries or deaths, he

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