(ETH) – Hurricane Eta which is the 28th storm of the Atlantic hurricane season has rapidly intensified into a monster Category 4 storm and is projected to bring devastating winds and storm surge to the coast of Nicaragua, as well as potentially catastrophic, life-threatening flooding rainfall that will last for days in much of Central America according to the latest forecast from the Weather Channel.
The 2020 Hurricane Season has now officially tied the 2005 season for the most storms on record. Eta is also the 12th hurricane of the season, which ties for the second-most on record for a year in the Atlantic. According to the report, Eta is also only the fifth Atlantic Category 4 or higher hurricane to occur in the month of November.
Paloma in 2008 was the last November Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic. As the storm barrels toward Nicaragua additional strengthening is expected as the center of the storm approaches the coast through late Monday night and early Tuesday.
Eta is also expected to be an extremely dangerous Category 4 when it nears landfall in northern Nicaragua by Tuesday. There is also an expectation of a destructive storm surge near and just north of where Eta crosses the coast. Parts of northern Nicaragua could see an inundation of 12 to 18 feet above normal tide levels.