Fort Lauderdale, Florida Tropical Storm Eta hit South Florida and the Florida Keys early Monday with gusts of wind and heavy rain, the National Hurricane Center said. Many flooded areas, beaches and coronavirus test sites were closed, public transport was shut down, and several evacuations were conducted.
Eta attacked Florida after leaving scores dead and more than 100 missing in Mexico and Central America.
South Florida was flooded with more than 14 inches of rain last month.
CBS News weather producer David Parkinson said Monday morning that Eta “turned a wet rain straight to Miami-Dade and Broward (counties) in Florida and has dropped almost a meter of rain over the past day and caused causing significant flooding. ”He said Eta could bring another six inches of rainfall to the area.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe”; Diaz warns, “In some areas, water does not pump out as quickly as it does.”
The mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Gimenez, said he frequently communicated with county water officials about the struggle to drain water, stalling vehicles, whitewashing some intersections and even lice crept into some houses.
The storm also left nearly 18,000 homes and businesses out of power in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, CBS Miami reported, citing Florida Power & Light sources.
The Eta had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph on Monday morning and was moving west across the Gulf of Southeastern Mexico, the hurricane center said. It is centered about 80 miles west-northwest of Key West and moves west at 13 mph.
Tracking forecast, Eta’s center will gradually withdraw out of the Florida Keys and southern Florida will today stay southeast of the Gulf of Mexico from Monday night to Wednesday, the storm center said.
But Parkinson explained that one of Eta’s bands “recently set up shop and didn’t move.” Additionally, he said, “One more rain hitting both Miami and southwest Florida is likely Monday night before Eta pulled far enough inland in the Bay Area” to stop rain in South Florida.
Eta landed last Sunday via the Lower Matecumbe Key.
CBS Miami said a tractor truck was left on the side of the highway due to the rain from Eta’s road.
The Florida highway patrol said just before 5:00 a.m., the truck driver had lost control. The truck turned right and went off the shoulder, to where it stopped. Only minor injuries were reported.
On Sunday night, authorities in Lauderhill, Florida, responded to a report of a car crashing into a canal. Photo taken by fire unit on stage about 30 miles north of Miami shows lifeguards looking for the rising water level near a parking lot.
Firefighters pulled a man out of the car and took him to the hospital in critical condition, according to an announcement from Lauderhill Fire. The respondents are continuing to look for others.
Lauderhill Assistant Fire Chief, Jeff Levy told CBS Miami, “A lot of firefighters were able to get in the car, get the victim out, pull him out, initiate CPR and bring him in.” Broward General Hospital where he got his pulse back. “
In Miami, a tree fell on the roof of an apartment, causing seven people in two families to evacuate, CBS Miami reported. No one was injured.
In the Keys, officials have ordered evacuation to mobile home parks, campsites and RV parks and places in low-lying areas. Some school districts have closed, saying roads are too flooded and winds could be too strong for school buses. Several shelters have opened in Miami and Keys.
“Please take this storm seriously,” Palm Beach County Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson urged. “Please don’t drive through flooded roads.”