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MIAMI (dpa-AFX) – The tropical storm “Eta” caused floods in the south of the US state of Florida and Cuba after its devastating passage through Central America. In the metropolitan area around Miami, on Monday, he flooded neighborhoods and uprooted trees, as the news channel NBC reported.
More than 11,000 households were therefore temporarily without electricity. The west of the nearby Caribbean state of Cuba also got a lot of rain. There were initially no reports of injuries or deaths from either country.
The total number of confirmed deaths in six Central American countries plus Mexico has meanwhile increased to more than 150 – the majority in Honduras and Guatemala. These numbers are likely to increase significantly: In the Guatemalan village of Quejá, which was spilled by a landslide, the army broke off the rescue operation on Tuesday, as a spokesman for the community of San Cristóbal Verapaz said when asked. Around 100 bodies are suspected there. The search for them could not go on, according to the information because of the risk of further landslides.
“Eta” hit the coast of Nicaragua as a hurricane last Tuesday. It later weakened to a tropical storm with winds of less than 118 kilometers per hour, but still devastated areas in several countries. Millions of people were affected, many lost their homes. On Sunday, the storm moved with heavy rain over Cuba and hit land on the Florida Keys island chain in the USA.
According to the US hurricane center, “Eta” paused on Tuesday around 100 kilometers northwest of Cuba. It is expected that the storm will move further north towards the USA in the evening (local time) and gain some strength again.
Meanwhile, the subtropical cyclone “Theta” formed over the Atlantic Ocean. It was the 29th storm that year strong enough to get a name – a record according to US media reports.
In this year’s hurricane season in the Atlantic, which lasts from June to November, so many strong storms have formed that the 21 designated names have long been used up. The meteorologists therefore resorted to the Greek alphabet, which was last necessary in 2005./nk/DP/stw