Tropical Depression Eta regaining strength as it heads toward Florida

Tropical depression Eta — the 28th named storm of the season, which plowed through Central America at hurricane strength this week — is regaining intensity and headed towards South Florida.

The National Weather Service said South Florida residents should prepare for 5 to 10 inches of rainfall and residual flooding starting Friday.

“There is an increasing risk of impacts from wind and flash and urban flooding due to heavy rainfall in portion of southern Florida, the Florida Keys and portions of the Bahamas this weekend and early next week,” the National Weather Service said Friday morning.

“Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches will likely be issued later today or tonight for a portion of this area.”

Other parts of Central American and the Caribbean will continue to see “significant, life-threatening flash flooding,” the agency said.

Eta previously touched down in Nicaragua on Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane. Subsequent flooding and mudslides in Guatemala caused at least 57 deaths, the Associated Press said.

After making its way through Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize, Eta re-entered the Caribbean on Friday with winds of 35 miles per hour, according to the Weather Channel.

Come Sunday, winds may be as intense as 60 miles per hour, the Washington Post reported.

An unusual November storm, Eta is the 28th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic coast hurricane season — tying the record for most ever, the newspaper said.

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