MANAGUA – Nicaraguan authorities evacuated 1,650 citizens from the Miskitos Cays, in the Caribbean, this Sunday as a preventive measure against tropical storm Eta, which could be a hurricane in the next few hours before being near the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras.
The National System for the Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters (Sinapred), in conjunction with the Naval Force, evacuated to “solidarity houses” of Bilwi or Puerto Cabezas, the main city of the Autonomous Region of the North Caribbean), the 1,650 people .
Among the evacuees, there are 150 crew members from the Miskitos Cays, according to the official report.
The North Caribbean Autonomous Region and the departments of Jinotega and Nueva Segovia (north) are in a yellow or vigilant alert state, while the rest of the country is in a green or preventive alert state.
The minister director of Sinapred, Guillermo González, said that they have sent 88 tons of food to the Caribbean, “anticipating any situation.”
Food such as rice, corn, oil, protein supplements with soy and other elements will be delivered to the families that are most affected, he said.
On the eve, the Naval Force suspended the sailing of vessels in the Nicaraguan Caribbean, as a security measure due to the presence of tropical storm Eta that could impact the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua tomorrow, Monday, as a hurricane.
Winds from Tropical Storm Eta increased to 65 miles per hour and is expected to reach hurricane status as it moves overnight toward the Caribbean coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras, where it will impact on Monday or Tuesday.
According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), at 9:00 pm yesterday it was 285 miles east of Cape Gracias a Dios, on the border of Nicaragua and Honduras, and about 305 miles east- northeast of the Nicaraguan Puerto Cabezas.
The storm was moving at 15 miles per hour to the west and will continue that course but at a slower speed tonight, when it is expected to hit hurricane winds.
The strengthening of the winds is set to continue until it makes landfall on Monday night or Tuesday morning.
According to the NHC, Eta will move after the impact through northern Nicaragua until Wednesday.
According to the warnings and surveillance issued by the NHC, Eta could make landfall at some point on the Nicaraguan coast from the border with Honduras to Sandy Bay Sirpi or on the coast of Honduras, from Punta Patuca to the border with Nicaragua.
Eta is the name of a Greek letter and it is the first time it has been used to name a storm in history.
The Greek alphabet is used to name storms when the list of 21 names that the International Meteorological Organization produces for each year is exhausted.
In this very active hurricane season in the Atlantic, 28 named storms have formed, of which 11 have become hurricanes.