(Bloomberg) — Hurricane Eta has strengthened into one of the Atlantic’s most powerful storms of the year, packing winds of 150 miles (240 kilometers) an hour as it roars toward Central America.
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Honduran Air Force members load supplies on planes, to be taken to residents of Puerto Lempira municipality, department of Gracias a Dios, in preparation for the arrival of the upcoming Hurricane Eta, in Tegucigalpa, on November 2, 2020.
The storm, a Category 4 major hurricane, is expected to cause life-threatening storm surges, flash floods and landslides when it slams into the coast of Nicaragua early Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.
Eta, forecast to dump as much as 25 inches (64 centimeters) of rain after crashing ashore, is the Atlantic’s 28th storm of 2020, tying a 2005 record for the most named systems in a single year. So many