National Hurricane Center
Florida faces a potential one-two punch from Tropical Storm Eta, which could strengthen into a hurricane and drop to one foot of rain in the state’s southern region on Sunday, before retreating back to the Gulf of Mexico to regroup. strength for round two.
After landing in Cuba early Sunday, Eta is now Florida. Out in the rain – with some 18-inch visible isolated areas – Eta can carry storm surge up to 4 feet. The National Hurricane Center has issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for much of the Florida Keys.
This will be the first named storm of the season to land in Florida, according to the Weather Channel. Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency on Saturday in eight counties south of the storm: Broward, Collier, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach. Schools are canceled on Mondays in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, both live and online.
Eta can become a storm today, depending on what happens to the winds at the center of the system.
NHC senior hurricane expert Stacy Stewart forecasted on Sunday morning: “Certainly if dry air did not enter Eta’s inner core by the end of today, a tornado could turn around. be a storm before it hits the Florida Keys tonight, ”NHC senior storm expert Stacy Stewart predicted Sunday morning.
But regardless of when Eta becomes a typhoon, forecasters expect heavy rainfall to continue pouring down parts of Cuba, Jamaica, the Bahamas and as far north as central Florida. In the Florida Keys, damaging tropical storm winds will begin late Sunday afternoon. The winds can extend 125 miles from the center.
“A tornado or two” could hit tonight or tomorrow, Stewart said. By early Monday morning, the Florida Keys can predict storm conditions. Swelling can cause the current conditions to glide and tear them life-threatening.
Perhaps after a year known for its bruising surprises, after Eta’s first pass in Florida, there may be a second. The storm is expected to regroup in the Gulf of Mexico, where it could shift north and back to the west coast of the state.
“You’re going to have to deal with this all week,” said NHC director Ken Graham. “It will take a while to get this out of here.”