Storm Eta pounds Cuba with torrential rain on track to Florida

HAVANA (Reuters) — The tropical storm Sunday, Central Cuba battered with torrantious rain and flash floods from the banks of the river before departing through the Northern Coast of the Iceland. HAVANA (Reuters) — Flash flooding.

Early on Sunday, state media announced that tens of thousands Cubans had fled from Eta 's territory, after storms killed hundreds of people across Central and southern Mexico, during floods and landslides.

Eta has stored up to 328 millimeters (12,9 inches) of rain in Central Cuba with maximum winds of 95 kilometers (59 mi) per hour. Meteorological agency Cuba said that warning the earth will be hard to withstand this, because it has been flooded because of the recent heavy rain.

In a few small cities, state-run media reported photos of citizens wading deep through dirty water.

Yet, Sancti Spiritus and Ciego de Avila, some inhabitants of the cities near to the direction of Eta, told Reuters that they had not yet seen any floods here.

Nevertheless, in the days ahead, in the Office even predicted floods in Havana, the outer bands in the uneven weather pattern will keep picking up Cuba, going from east to west.

The media displayed photos of workers already clearing the dropping trees on the roads from central Cuba while Jorge Cepero, President of the Cuban Electrical Union, said some outages but that the grid was not badly affected.

Eta 's external bands have began to impact Jamaica on Sundays. The mountains in the suburbs of the city, Kingston, announced a huge landlike occurrence that made the path untouchable.

As in Cuba, Jamaica had endured about three weeks of heavy rainfall, which culminated in a minimum of $18 million in road and facilities damage and 13 million dollars in agricultural losses, the government reported.

The attempts of emergency workers to dig through the mud up to 50 feet (15 meters) thick, to enter seized houses, where an estimated 100 people vanished, were halted in the central area of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said waves of heavy rain have already dispersed across south Florida and the Florida keys, and over the next few days 6-12 "(152.4 mm to 304.8 mm) of rain could occur.

For Florida keys, from Ocean Reef to Dry Tortugas, like Florida Bay, the NHC released a Hurricane Alerting and Storm Surge Alert.

According to the National Weather Service Storm Warning Center, tornadoes or two could happen over South Florida or the Florida Kesys from Eta this evening through Monday.

(Havana Reuters TV news, Bonn's Sarah Marsh, Bengalir Kate Chappell's supplementaries and Bhargav Acharya; Frances Kerry's and Chizu Nomiyama 's supplementary reports)

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