UPDATE: Tropical Storm Eta is weakening as it moves northeast across the Florida peninsula. The latest report from the National Weather Service puts the center of the storm about 10 miles west of Gainesville with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. The storm made landfall this morning near Cedar Key, bringing with it dangerous storm surge, heavy rains and gusty winds.
This is the fourth time Eta has made landfall. The first time was in Central America last week as a Category 4 hurricane, and then later as a tropical storm in Cuba and again in the Florida Keys.
The National Hurricane Center says Eta is expected to move across northeastern Florida today and into the Atlantic Ocean by this afternoon.
Here in South Florida we can expect downpours today due to Tropical Storm Eta to our north. We are under a flood advisory until 7 tonight.
Tropical Storm Eta Advisory Number 48
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL292020
400 AM EST Thu Nov 12 2020
…ETA ABOUT TO MAKE LANDFALL NEAR CEDAR KEY FLORIDA…
…STILL PRODUCING DANGEROUS STORM SURGE, HEAVY RAINS AND GUSTY
WINDS FOR PORTIONS OF THE FLORIDA GULF COAST AND NORTHERN FLORIDA
SUMMARY OF 400 AM EST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 5 MI…10 KM E OF CEDAR KEY FLORIDA
ABOUT 80 MI…130 KM NNW OF TAMPA FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NE OR 40 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…995 MB…29.39 INCHES