This is how and when Tropical Storm Eta will impact South Florida and the Keys

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This is when — and how — you’ll feel Eta’s weather effects in South Florida and the Keys
This is when — and how — you’ll feel Eta’s weather effects in South Florida and the Keys. Picture: NWS Miami

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:

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.

The entire region from the Keys to Palm Beach County is under a flood watch and wind advisory.

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.

▪ 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.

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