As of 7 a.m. on Saturday, areas of southwest Florida are under Tropical Storm for Tropical Depression Eta.
Collier, Hendry and Glades counties are included in Tropical Storm Precautions.
Alert Tropical storm means there could be a tropical storm wind somewhere in this area within the next 48 hours.
As of 7 a.m. on Saturday, the Eta Tropical Low Pressure National Hurricane Center is moving across the Caribbean Sea with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. On these warm waters, the system is expected to strengthen again and become a tropical storm again.
Followed the latest forecast with transit centers across the Straits of Florida on Sunday evening. If this is verified, we will start to feel the effects of wind and rain on Sunday afternoon and evening, and continue through Monday and possibly early Tuesday.
Now that Eta is moving away from the mainland, new models will start to gather together and show better unity. While things are likely to still change and we should expect them to change slightly, southwest gate systems should be prepared for tropical-storm gusts that begin this weekend and through early. next week.
We will also see more tropical downpours and cloudy skies. Right now, the American Model actually shows a closer proximity to Southwest Florida. Below is a breakdown of what we can see locally with Eta:
In terms of total precipitation, the US Model is showing anywhere between 3 – 6 inches for our regions. The European model is also similar with a total ranging from 2 – 4 inches. Please note that these totals are likely to adjust as the storm gets closer over the next few days.
The strongest windy day is expected to be Monday, where gusts of up to 50 miles per hour are expected.
Please note that these models are still subject to change. Trust the Weather Agency will keep updating you!