Eta hits Nicaragua as a category four hurricane

Managua - Hurricane Eta hit Nicaraguan territory today as a category four on the Saffir Simpson scale with winds of 240 kilometers per hour, confirmed the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (Ineter).

Marcio Baca, director of Meteorology of that institution, specified to a morning news space of Channel Eight of the Nicaraguan television that at 06:00 local time (12:00 UTC) maximum winds had been reduced to 230 kilometers per hour.

Part of Eta is on land, the bands extend from the mouth of the Coco River (border with Honduras to the north) to near Prizapolka, a coastal municipality in the Northern Caribbean Autonomous Region (RACN), Baca said.

The strongest winds are concentrated around the city of Bilwi (Puerto Cabezas), head of the RACN region, added the expert.

The center of Eta has a diameter of 35 kilometers and as its speed of translation is extremely slow, about seven kilometers per hour, it can take about two hours to fully enter the land.

The meteorologist reiterated that the cyclone will impact the so-called Mining Triangle and the north of the northern department of Jinotega as a tropical storm and will reach Nueva Segovia on the border with Honduras, converted into a tropical depression.

He also warned that the rivers of these mountainous departments drain towards the Caribbean and that pluggings may occur at their mouths.

As for the rest of the national territory, he predicted this Tuesday the rains will also cover the Pacific and Central regions.

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