Storm Eta lashes Cuba, brings rains to Florida

As tropical storm Eta churns its way to the Florida Keys, it lashed central Cuba with torrential rains on Sunday (November 8).

State-run media showed video of locals wading knee-deep through flooded streets, and damaged homes sitting submerged.

Tens of thousands were evacuated ahead of Eta's landfall early Sunday after the storm killed dozens in flooding and landslides across Central America over the weekend.

In Guatemala, rescue workers clambered over treacherous roads buried in mud and rubble -- to reach stranded residents in a remote mountain village.

Gloria Cac was one of them: "I lost my mom, I lost my dad, brothers. Twenty two members of my family died. I'm the only survivor."

And in Honduras, around a million people have been displaced by high winds and heavy rains, according to local officials.

Residents like Francisco Rodriguez were forced to take cover in shelters.

"The river overflowed and flooded the houses of 25 families and many more. We lost all our belongings in the flood, we are adrift with nothing."

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says waves of heavy rain are now spreading across South Florida and the Florida Keys, and has issued a hurricane and storm surge warning for the region.

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- As tropical storm Eta churns its way to the Florida Keys, it lashed Central Cuba with torrential rains on Sunday. State-run media showed video of locals wading knee-deep through flooded streets, and damaged home sitting submerged.

Tens of thousands were evacuated ahead of Eta's landfall early on Sunday after the storm killed dozens in flooding and landslides across Central America over the weekend.

In Guatemala, rescue workers clambered over treacherous roads buried in mud and rubble to reach stranded residents in a remote mountain village. Gloria Cac was one of them.

GLORIA CAC: I lost my mom, I lost my dad, and brothers, and 22 members of my family have died. I'm the only survivor.

- And in Honduras, around a million people have been displaced by high winds and heavy rains, according to local officials.

Residents like Francisco Rodriguez were forced to take cover in shelters.

FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ: The river overflowed and flooded the houses of 25 families and many more.

We lost all our belongings in the flood, and we are adrift with nothing.

- The US National Hurricane Center says waves of heavy rain are now spreading across South Florida and the Florida Keys, and has issued a hurricane and storm surge warning for the region.