After days of dead and more than 100 missing in Mexico and Central America, a strengthening tropical cyclone landed on Florida’s Matekumbe Key every Sunday night.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami has announced hurricane and storm warnings for the Keys from Ocean Reef to Dry Tortugas, including the Florida Bay.
Florida authorities have asked residents to close beaches, seaports and COVID-19 test sites, close public transportation and stay away from the street. Many shelters have also been opened in Miami and the Florida Keys for those living in mobile homes and inland areas. Broward County also closed private school education on Monday and Miami is ready to do the same.
On Sunday night, Lauderhill, Fla., Officers responded to a report of a car crashing into a ditch. Rescuers searched for photos taken by fire units at the scene, 48 kilometers north of Miami, which appeared to be submerged in water near a parking lot.
According to a statement from Lauderhill Fire’s Public Information Officer, firefighters pulled a man out of the car and rushed the patient to hospital in critical condition. Respondents continue to search for others.
The winds were blowing at a maximum speed of 100 km per hour on Sunday night and were concentrated at 115 km east-northeast and 45 km east of Marathon, Fla., And Key West. It is moving at a speed of 22 km per hour in a west-northwesterly direction.
The storm swelled rivers in Cuba and flooded coastal zones, evacuating 25,000 people. But there were no reports of deaths.
Although explorers in Guatemala are still digging for people who believe they were buried by a massive, rain-fed landslide, Eta has already hit Cuba. The death toll from Sunday has risen from 15 to 27, with more than 100 people missing in Guatemala, many of them landslides in San Cristobal Verapaz, officials said.
About 60,000 people were evacuated in Guatemala.
At least 20 people have been reported dead in southern Mexico and 21 by local authorities in Honduras, while the National Disaster Agency has confirmed only eight.