The number of deaths caused by the tropical storm Eta in Guatemala increased to 27 on Sunday, 8, while authorities are still searching for 103 missing people in the north of the country.
The National Disaster Reduction Coordinator of Guatemala (Conred) highlighted in his latest update on the damage of Eta that, in addition to the deaths and disappearances, at least nine people were injured by landslides and floods throughout the territory.
Now the storm, which also devastated parts of Nicaragua, Honduras, and other Central American countries, hit the center of the southern coast of Cuba this Sunday morning and is expected to produce dangerous storms and flash floods in Florida, as reported by the National Hurricane Center ( NHC) in the United States.
According to the last bulletin of the American agency, issued at 7 am (local time), the meteorological phenomenon generated maximum sustained winds of 95 km / h. On the planned trajectory, the center of Eta will move through central-eastern Cuba in the next few hours and then to the Florida Strait, where it will strengthen in the warm waters of this area.
When it hits Florida, the storm may be close to hurricane status, with maximum sustained winds of 112 km / h. The region may begin to feel the “damaging winds” of a tropical storm early this Sunday afternoon. Florida Governor Ron De Santis declared a state of emergency in southern counties on Saturday afternoon, 7 while residents celebrated or protested in the rain the election results that gave Democrat Joe Biden victory.
South Florida Keys will suspend classes on Monday 9 the Covid-19 test sites have been temporarily closed, and authorities have opened shelters and started distributing sandbags to residents to protect their homes from flooding. All of South Florida, from Bonita Beach on the west coast to Deerfield Beach on the east coast, through Miami and Fort Lauderdale, was under hurricane alert this Sunday.
The area is also under a “dangerous storm” alert, as sea levels can rise between 60 and 120 cm, while rains can reach a maximum of 450 mm in some areas.