Fort Lauderdale, Florida Tropical Storm Eta hit South Florida and the Florida Keys early on Monday with heavy rain, strong winds and dangerous storm surges, 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.
The system’s slow pace and heavy rains pose a huge threat to South Florida, an area that was drenched by more than 14 inches of rain last month. Forecasts say Eta could pour a few more inches in some areas south and central Florida.
“In some areas, water does not flow as quickly as it does,” warns Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz of Miami-Dade.
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.
According to CBS Miami, the storm affected about 21,000 homes and businesses early on Monday night in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, CBS Miami reported Florida Power & Light.
Eta has sustained winds up to 65 miles per hour at night and is just off the southwest Florida coast, the hurricane center said. It is centered about 45 miles north-northwest of Key West and 65 miles south of Naples. It is moving in a northwest-west direction at 13 mph.
On the forecast line, Eta is expected to gradually leave the Florida Keys and South Florida on Monday and in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico from Monday through Wednesday night.
According to forecasts, the center of Eta will gradually withdraw out of the Florida Keys and south Florida today and south-east of the Gulf of Mexico from tonight to Wednesday. To move south-east of the Gulf of Mexico from Monday night to Wednesday night. It made landfall late Sunday via the Lower Matecumbe Key.
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.”