Forecasters expected the newly formed Tropical Storm Eta to become a hurricane tomorrow, Monday, shortly after forming in the Caribbean and equaling the record for the most named storms in a hurricane season in the Atlantic.
The system showed maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (mph), according to a report from the National Hurricane Center. It was centered 205 miles south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and 500 miles east of Cape Gracias a Dios on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras.
Meteorologists expect Eta to become a hurricane by Monday, and by Tuesday morning it will be near the northeastern coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras. A hurricane watch was issued for areas in both countries. ETa was moving west at about 15mph.
This is the 28th named storm this Atlantic season, equaling the 2005 record for named storms. However, it is the first time that the Greek letter eta has been used for a storm because in 2005, meteorologists determined when the season was over that an unnamed storm was eligible for a name.
There is still a month left of hurricane season, which ends on November 30. In 2005, Zeta was formed in late December.