MEXICO CITY—Tropical Storm Eta churned toward Cuba following a slow journey across Central America that brought widespread flooding and landslides that destroyed roads and homes and killed dozens of people from Panama to Mexico.
Eta regained tropical storm strength Saturday over the Caribbean Sea. The center of the storm was about 50 miles from Grand Cayman around 1 p.m. EST, with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles an hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The storm is expected to reach Cuba Saturday night and approach southern Florida late Sunday or early Monday.
Cuban authorities declared a state of alert for several provinces, and prepared for the evacuation of people from coastal areas, state media said.
Eta made its first landfall Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane in northeastern Nicaragua, where it destroyed homes and infrastructure and left at least two miners dead in a landslide. It crossed Honduras as a tropical depression before moving back out to sea on Thursday.