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Hurricane Eta Brings Catastrophic Damage Threat, Alaska Sees Record Snow

Category 4 Hurricane Eta is expected to bring catastrophic damage to Nicaragua and across Central America this week, while Alaska and the Yukon are seeing record-breaking snowfall and ice storms causing havoc.

Hurricane Eta could bring catastrophic damage across Central America

For the next five days, Hurricane Eta could bring catastrophic damage across Central America. As of early a.m. on Tuesday, rivers were already overflowing across Central America ahead of the storm making landfall, the Jamaica Observer reported.

As of 5 AM on Tuesday, according to the latest update by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Eta was a Category 4 hurricane, located 25 miles southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, moving west-southwest at 5 mph. Eta’s hurricane-force winds were reaching 125 miles per hour and extend outward some 25 miles from its center, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Forecasters were concerned that Hurricane Eta was continuing to strengthen toward a Category 5 as it moved towards Nicaragua, where the storm could bring catastrophic damage across Central America.

According to forecasts, central and northern Nicaragua into much of Honduras could get 15 to 25 inches of rain, with 35 inches in isolated areas, ABC reported. After landfall Tuesday morning, Hurricane Eta is expected to weaken as it moves farther inland over northern Nicaragua through Wednesday morning.

The current prediction model by the NHC shows the storm making landfall on Tuesday in Nicaragua, then moving into Honduras on Wednesday, into Guatemala on Thursday, then turning east toward Belize on Saturday and making a nearly 130 degree and turning back out to sea by Sunday moving toward Cuba and Jamaica.

Snow and ice storms in Alaska in Yukon break records, cause havoc

On Sunday, as a boundary of cold Arctic air moved farther south than originally forecast, record volumes of snow and ice began building across Alaska and the Yukon, and snow amounts have continued to accumulate.

Forecasters say the storms are unprecedented, and report that tens of thousands have lost power, roads have been strangled, and schools and businesses have been forced to close, Electroverse reported.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that snowfall records were set across Alaska.

“On Nov. 1, Juneau Airport broke a record by an inch when it got 7.6 inches of snow.” The previous record was 6.6 inches.

Temperature records were also challenged. In Fairbanks, a temperature of 22 below was recorded at the city’s International Airport, making it the third coldest November 2 in history. The lowest was 33 below in 1907 33 below and 24 below logged in both 1992 and 1975.

Arctic air coming to the continental US

The Arctic air that is chilling Alaska now will be moving its way down toward the lower 48 states and will begin to affect the Northeast by Friday.

It’s a reminder that winter is on the way – and that means cold dry weather. It’s a good time to start making preparations, such as protecting your skin. Start searching for the best anti-wrinkle cream to protect your skin against the dry, cold weather ahead.

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