Hurricane Eta made landfall earlier this week as a category 4 (“major”) storm on the northeastern coastline of Nicaragua in Central America. After landfall, Eta brought torrential rainfall and widespread flooding to both Nicaragua and Honduras as it traveled slowly to the west. While over land, the system weakened into tropical depression status, but it has now emerged back out over the warm waters of the western Caribbean Sea just to the east of Belize. As such, it is likely to intensify as it treks northeastward this weekend and will likely return to at least tropical storm status by the time it reaches the island of Cuba for a second landfall. After that, Eta is likely head to the Florida Straits and could impact the Keys of southern Florida early next week – perhaps even as a hurricane.