Hurricane season isn’t officially finished yet, as tropical storm Eta is already messing with Florida’s weather… And it’s going to get worse.
“This could be a significant weather event,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, before putting the Florida Keys under a tropical storm watch.
That’s true when you look at these recent images from Guatemala and Belize:
Storm Eta's death toll soars pic.twitter.com/xKf4T45PMV— sovon chowdhury (@sovonchowdhury6) November 7, 2020
Tropical Storm #Eta has devastated #Honduras. JTF-B is currently conducting rescue operations with the Honduran government. We have stood by Honduras for almost 40 years & we stand by you today. #Partnership #EnduringPromise #ProgressThroughUnity @Southcom @ARMYSOUTH pic.twitter.com/SsJLiZcg5G— Joint Task Force-Bravo (@jtfbravo) November 6, 2020
‼PLEASE RT THIS‼— ty's ky || hongjoong day (@xuxiwng) November 6, 2020
hey everyone, like some of you already know, i’m from guatemala. tropical storm eta has been causing a lot of damage here, so i wanted to ask for your help in spreading information about it and what you can do to help. pic.twitter.com/hOuHkzZQzp
No changes to thinking with Eta this morning, models tracks & intensities all look about the same. That's good because our plan is to prepare for tropical storm conditions arriving Sunday afternoon and night. Flooding & power outages continue to be main threats. pic.twitter.com/oEYE5sd5KR— Craig Setzer (@CraigSetzer) November 7, 2020
The Keys and southern Florida may indeed experience extensive rainfall and gusty wind conditions as early as Saturday night through Tuesday, with sustained tropical storm-force winds starting Sunday.
Flooding is a major concern as the soil is already saturated with rain.
Also under the tropical storm watch: Miami, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Perrine and Princeton, Islamorada, Key Largo, Ocean Reef, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Juno Beach and Jupiter, according to NWS Miami.
Tropical Depression #Eta is expected to strengthen on its approach to Cuba. Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for the NW Bahamas and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Florida Keys and portions of south and central Florida. See Key Messages for more info. pic.twitter.com/ZMzjrjwvMj— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) November 7, 2020
Tropical Storm Eta had increaded to 40 mph maximum sustained winds and was headed northeast at a faster clip of 17 mph. Eta was about 45 miles west northwest of Grand Cayman. Further strengthening is likely through Sunday.
South Florida should start feeling Eta’s continuous tropical-storm-force winds (39 mph and higher) late Sunday night, although some high gusts might make an appearance earlier in the day.
Weather forecast in Southern Florida
▪ Wind gusts: 25-36 mph will be possible Saturday afternoon already, especially across the east coastal areas of South Florida.
▪ Tropical storm-force winds: 45-55 mph with gusts to 70 mph from Sunday evening until Monday evening in South Florida.
TD #Eta has max winds of 35 mph and it's forecast to strengthen later today into a tropical storm. Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. tropical storm force winds may arrive late tomorrow morning. #flwx #KeyWest #FloridaKeys pic.twitter.com/4DOWCeU5Ae— NWS Key West (@NWSKeyWest) November 7, 2020
▪ Storm surge: 1 to 3 feet of water within surge prone areas that could lead to flooding from Sunday afternoon until Monday evening.
And what about tornadoes? Eta will let us know in the next 2-3 days. Be prepared and get ready! More extreme weather events on Yahoo.