The South Florida sky was gray on Saturday as the first sign of the impending Tropical Storm Eta began to seep into the area. The National Weather Service Office in Miami predicts that 10 to 15 inches of rain from Homestead to Fort Lauderdale could be expected during Wednesday and put the southeast coast under a flood observation.
Following 7am advice from the National Hurricane Center, Eta has sustained winds up to 35 mph and is traveling northeast at 13 mph. Eta is about 190 miles southwest of Grand Cayman. “Eta is forecast to become a tropical storm again by the end of today, with the potential to strengthen until Sunday,”; said the National Hurricane Center.
Eta was on her way past Grand Cayman, which was under a tropical storm warning, on Saturday afternoon before arriving in Cuba, where much of the coast was alerted and the tropical storm tracked. The clash with Cuba and some wind-cut force hampering the hurricane are expected to leave Eta just below Category 1 hurricane as it passes through the Florida Keys on Monday.
South Florida will begin sensing Eta’s continuous tropical storm winds (39 mph or more) on Sunday night, although some strong gusts of wind may appear earlier in the day.
Clock and alarm
Florida Keys has been in the sights of a tropical storm, as well as Cuban provinces such as La Habana, Artemisa y Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio and Isle of Youth.
Additionally, Sebastian Inlet travels south around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay being observed.
As depressions near the Cayman Islands, which are under tropical storm warning, the provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos and Matanzas of Cuba are on alert.
In addition, the northwestern Bahamas, including Abacos, Andros Island, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island and New Providence are under tropical storm warnings.
Additional clocks and alerts are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
The National Weather Service is expected to be able to sense a hurricane peak in Miami around 6 a.m. on Monday, though winds probably won’t slow down until Monday night.
When you can feel Eta
The hurricane center said the system would move east-northeast to northeast and is expected to grow at a faster rate until early Sunday. A turn to the north and northwest is expected on Sunday afternoon.
On the forecast line, Eta’s hub will reach the Cayman Islands by the end of Saturday, near central Cuba on Saturday and Sunday nights, and near Florida Keys or South Florida on Sunday and Monday nights.
The Bahamas and parts of the Florida peninsula, including the Keys, can withstand 5 to 10 inches of precipitation due to Eta, with an isolated maximum total of 15 inches.
This rainfall, along with high-tide water from 2 to 4 feet higher than normal, can cause flooding throughout Central America, Cuba, Jamaica, the Bahamas, South Florida and the Keys.
“One or two tornadoes could hit Sunday evenings and Sunday nights over South Florida and the Keys,” the storm center warned.