Tropical Storm Eta is still bringing rain and wind to parts of Florida and the American Red Cross is helping people impacted by the storm.
Eta is predicted to move across northeastern Florida today and blow out into the western Atlantic this afternoon. So far damage from the storm is minimal throughout Florida. More than 70 people spent Wednesday night in community shelters supported by the Red Cross, and it is expected most of them will be able to return home today. More than 11,000 customers are without power and some roads and bridges are closed.
The Red Cross has more than 150 disaster workers supporting people in Florida, either on the ground or virtually. The Red Cross and is helping with damage assessment in the Keys and southern Florida. Red Cross disaster workers are also working with local and state authorities to determine what other help is needed.
It’s unusual to have several named storms form this late in hurricane season, but in this unusual year Tropical Storm Theta has formed in the Atlantic as the 29th named storm and another tropical system now has a good chance of becoming Iota, the 30th named storm, making 2020 the most active hurricane season.
HOW YOU CAN HELP Please donate to help now by visiting redcross.org, calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. To help people impacted by the recent storms, visit redcross.org, call 800-RED-CROSS or text the word HURRICANES to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
CENTRAL AMERICA RESPONSE
Eta brought heavy rains, floods, and landslides to Central America which have affected more than 2.5 million people from Panama to Belize. In Nicaragua, 500,000 people have been affected and 33,000 people do not have access to drinking water. In Honduras, 1.7 million people have been directly affected and have evacuated to some 170 shelters. Access to clean water and sanitation and hygiene measures is an immediate need. Eta has also heavily affected indigenous, Afro and Miskito communities.
Red Cross teams in the region helped people evacuate, carried out search-and rescue of people caught in the storm, and are supporting emergency shelters. The Red Cross pre-positioned aid and fuel to help people after landfall. Families are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 and a devastating disaster season, so the Red Cross is also helping with psychosocial / emotional support
“This devastating hurricane season continues to displace families and upend lives,” said Jenelle Eli, international spokesperson for the American Red Cross. “Hurricane Eta brought heavy rains, floods, and landslides that have affected more than 2.5 million people in all Central American countries, from Panama to Belize. Red Cross teams are carrying out search-and-rescue and helping families who had to flee their homes.”
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