A hurricane watch was issued for parts of the west coast of Florida as Tropical Storm Eta continues to intensify.
On November 11 at 4 a.m. ET, Tropical Storm Eta is located about 175 miles southwest of Ft. Myers, Florida, and about 230 miles southwest of Tampa, Florida. The storm has sustained winds of maximum 70 miles per house and is moving north at 12 miles per hour.
Tropical storm Eta is expected to move from north-northeast until Thursday. The center of Eta is expected to move closer to the southwest coast of Florida today, but off the southwest coast of Florida, and will approach the west central coast of Florida on Wednesday evening.
It is expected that the Eta will be near the west coast of Florida tonight or in hurricane force as it approaches the west coast of Florida.
On Thursday, the storm is expected to move inland over the northern part of the Florida Peninsula, with a rapid weakening after landing, before moving northeast into the western Atlantic late Thursday or early Friday.
The heavy rainfall caused by the Eta will continue over West Cuba and South Florida and will spread northward over areas in West and North Florida from today to Friday. Flash floods and urban flooding will be possible in South Florida on Wednesday, especially in previously flooded areas, and in areas of West Florida until Friday.
Areas in Florida are subject to warnings, including hurricane and storm surge warnings.
A hurricane watch has been issued for the west coast of Florida from Anna Maria Island to Yankeetown. A tropical storm warning is issued for Dry Tortugas and Bonita Beach to Suwannee River Florida.
A storm surge warning is in effect for Bonita Beach to Steinhatchee River, Florida, including Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor, and residents of this area should follow the advice of local authorities.
In addition, tropical storm monitoring is in effect for the Cuban provinces of La Habana, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth, as well as north of the Suwannee River to Aucilla River, Florida.
On Monday, Ron DeSantis of the Florida government said on Twitter: “The Floridians should closely monitor Eta in the coming days. Although this storm has moved off the coast, it could still bring dangerous conditions to the Gulf Coast by the end of this week.
“If you are on the potential path of this storm, gather supplies for seven days and follow the Florida Division of Emergency Management”.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management is at Activation Level 2 for Tropical Storm Eta, which means the state may not need to activate every section, branch or emergency support function, but all primary or leading emergency support functions will be notified.