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Weather Alert – Tropical Storm Eta
November 2, 2020

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location: Guatemala, country wide.

Event: TROPICAL STORM ETA FORECAST TO STRENGTHEN: Tropical Storm Eta is currently attaining maximum sustained winds near 90 mph (150 km/h).  Eta is expected to gain force over the next several hours and could be a major hurricane by the time it makes landfall in Nicaragua early Tuesday, November 3.  The center of Eta is forecast to move inland over northern Nicaragua through early Wednesday.  Guatemala can expect extended, heavy rainfall Thursday and Friday, with increased risk of flooding, landslides, damage to the road network, and rising rivers.

Eastern Guatemala is forecast to receive 10 to 20 inches (255 to 510 mm) of rainfall, with isolated amounts of 25 inches (635 mm) in certain areas.  Flash flooding, river flooding and landslides are highly likely in areas of heaviest rainfall.  Other parts of Guatemala can expect to receive at least 3-5 inches of rainfall through Friday.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid traveling while heavy rains occur as roads can quickly become extremely unsafe.
  • Visit CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres) and INSIVUMEH (Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología) websites for updated weather and hazard information.
  • Navigation devices and applications that provide directions and traffic and route suggestions should be used with caution as certain detours or alternate routes from main roads and highways can lead to unsafe areas or roads affected by flooding or landslides.