Storm Eta triggers devastating landslide in Guatemala

Storm Eta triggers devastating landslide in Guatemala

It is forecast to increase back to tropical storm strength and move toward Cuba as a tropical storm.

© Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images A man carries a dog to safety after Eta slams Nicaragua.

In Guatemala, the military has reached a remote mountain village badly hit by mudslides caused by the torrential rains of Tropical Storm Eta. By tonight, Eta will have regained strength, becoming a Tropical Storm again with sustained winds of 50 miles per hour or more.

Hours after landfall, Eta quickly weakened from a Category 4 hurricane to a Category 2 storm.

"We have a lot of people trapped (whom) we have not been able to reach", Giammattei said.

The government - well known for preparedness in the face of natural disasters - discussed measures on Friday to evacuate people, especially those living downstream from dams, and protect crops, homes and animals, according to state-run media.

"At this moment we calculate that, between the dead and those missing, non-official figures put it at more or less 150 dead, and we say non-official because we don't have it totally confirmed", Giammattei told reporters, according to AAP.

Eta tore through Central America, leaving death and destruction in its wake.

More than 7,000 people had to be sheltered and thousands more remain incommunicado due to flooding in the northern Sula Valley, the industrial center of Honduras.

The latest official numbers reveal that more than 3,500 people are being housed in 41 temporary shelters.

Giammattei earlier added that bad weather was hampering emergency efforts, which were further limited by the country having only one helicopter adequate for rescue operations.

Insurance penetration in numerous regions along Eta's path is extremely low or non-existence, while many of these same regions continue to endure poverty and limited resources already exacerbated by COVID-19. Eastern Honduras, eastern Nicaragua, southeastern Mexico, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and parts of Cuba will be affected by the rainfall.

Tropical storm conditions are possible in the Cayman Islands Saturday or Saturday night.

It is expected to head eastward through the middle of next week and has a 20 percent chance of strengthening to a tropical depression during that time.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Cuban provinces of La Habana, Artemisa y Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth; Sebastian Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, Lake Okeechobee, Florida Keys and Florida Bay.

It's going to be a long weekend of tracking Eta as this storm and forecast is complex, so count on us to walk you through what changes, and what you need to know!

He called the situation in Queja "critical", with heavy rain continuing to fall and setting off new mudslides, while roads are still blocked. Locally a foot of rain is possible in southern Florida, with flash flooding a threat.

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