MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Eta is now a tropical storm after making landfall as a category four hurricane in Nicaragua on Tuesday.
At 4 AM, the center of Tropical Storm Eta was located near latitude 13.8 North, longitude 84.7 West. Eta is moving toward the west near 8 mph. A faster west-northwestward motion is expected through Thursday morning. A turn toward the north, and then northeast is forecast Thursday night and Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Eta is expected to move over northern Nicaragua through this morning, and then move across the central portions of Honduras through Thursday morning.
The system is forecast to emerge over the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Friday. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph with higher gusts. Continued weakening will occur while Eta moves over land during the next couple of days, and Eta should become a tropical depression tonight. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 990 mb
The forecast for Eta becomes very complicated late this week and into the weekend as it re-emerges back into the Caribbean and potentially start to regain strength. Steering currents will be very erratic and Eta may drift north, northeast or northwest through the weekend. The intensity of Eta by the weekend will be highly dependent on how much the system interacts with land.