Rain and strong winds will stretch from Miami to Naples through Tuesday, and a hurricane could rise up to 4 feet in areas south of Florida and the Keys. Forecasts are also possible for flooding along low-lying roads and areas in the area during heavy rain ̵1; about 3 to 5 inches – are projected, with some areas more than 1 foot inundation in during the storm this week.
Eta is expected to make landfall just north of Tampa on Friday as a tropical storm.
Schools close and shelters open as the state prepares for Eta
At least five school districts in South Florida, including Miami-Dade, will be closed on Monday due to the potential impact of Eta, the school districts announced on social media.
According to Mayor Carlos Gimenez, in Miami-Dade, all bridges were locked on Sunday. He said the area predicts winds between 40 and 60 miles per hour starting Sunday night through Monday afternoon, as well as a possible tornado.
In Oakland Park, heavy rains and floods left the city’s public works system “near or near full capacity,” according to David Rafter, Oakland Park Public Information Officer.
“Oakland Park and Park employees have been working all night and all day to address flooding concerns to the best of our ability,” Rafter said in an update on Tropical Storm Eta.
Sailors were also warned to stay away from the water, according to the NWS, because extremely strong winds could cause dangerous waves that could “overturn or damage the ship”.
Third landing for Eta
Emergency disaster plans are underway in Cuba and Mexico, and relief efforts continue in Guatemala and Honduras, the hardest hit to date.
In Honduras, 38 people have died, 8 are still missing and more than 60,000 have been evacuated from their homes, according to the country’s Permanent Preventive Committee.
Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Mitigation (CONRED) said on Saturday 116 people are still missing, largely due to a landslide in the remote village of Quejá, in central Alta Verapaz.
The agency said at least 8,938 people have been evacuated and 5,780 people remain in temporary shelters.
Although the season has been very eventful, Eta is the first named hurricane to land in Florida this year and the 12th named hurricane that will hit the U.S. mainland this season, the most in a year .