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Hurricane Eta expected to be a Category 5 at landfall Tuesday

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Posted at 9:52 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 22:52:26-05

Hurricane Eta is an absolute beast...it became the strongest storm in the Atlantic Basin for 2020 Monday, and as of Monday night was still in the process of a rapid intensification cycle.

Pressure Monday evening continued to drop, down to 927 mb, with sustained winds near 150 mph, which are expected to increase to 160 mph or perhaps a little more at landfall.

Eta is vying to be the first Category 5 on record to make landfall as such in November.

The storm will heavily impact Nicaragua and Honduras over the next few days producing torrential rainfall on the order of feet after raking the coastal areas with catastrophic winds.

By the end of the week, the system will be just a shell of itself with some remnants expected to reemerge in the Gulf of Honduras/Northwest Caribbean by this weekend.

Models insist on some redevelopment, into next week anywhere from a tropical storm to a major hurricane with the system possibly threatening the Yucatan Peninsula, and portions of the Northwest Caribbean Islands, and then possibly on to the Southern/Eastern Gulf and/or portions of Florida in the 12-14 day time-frame.

Climatologically-speaking and given the current upper pattern over the next couple of weeks, Eta should pose no direct threat to Louisiana, but it's certainly been a year where storms have changed our perspective of what they can be capable of doing.

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