Tropical Storm ‘Eta’ has become a Category 1 hurricane and in its passage through the Caribbean it was strengthened «rapidly» and is expected to soon rise in the category, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.
According to the NHC, ‘Eta’ reached hurricane status, as planned, at 03.00 (local time).
«Life-threatening cyclonic storm surges, harmful winds, flash floods and landslides are expected,» the Center warned.
Against this, the Government of Nicaragua declared the red alert for the country’s North Caribbean and the Mining Triangle, and issued a yellow alert for the cities of Jinotega, New Segovia and Chinandega, the local newspaper ‘La Prensa’ reported.
For its part, the Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO) of Honduras issued a red fin for the next 48 hours in the cities of Gracias a Dios, Atlántida, Olancho, Colón and Islas de la Bahía. And a yellow alert was announced for Santa Barbara, Francisco Morazán, Comayagua and El Paraíso.
COPECO’s head of meteorology, Francisco Argeñal, explained that the red alert means evacuation and asked the citizens of Olancho and Thank God to be vigilant about the evolution of the hurricane.
El Salvador also raised the alert from green to yellow, although the authorities ruled out the presence of large winds in the country. «We’re not going to have winds of considerable magnitude, but there’s going to be a lot of rain,» Salvadoran Environment Minister Fernando López said.
At the moment, the Salvadoran government only activated the Civil Protection system, and opened 1,152 shelters, with capacity to serve up to 211,211 people.
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