Florida’s west coast under hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Eta strengthens

Cheryl McCloud
| Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Where is Tropical Storm Eta going? Here’s the latest as of Tuesday, Nov. 10

Here is the latest on Tropical Storm Eta as of 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 from Dr. Ryan Truchelut who breaks down the three main scenarios for Eta.

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A hurricane watch has been issued for Florida’s west coast as Tropical Storm Eta continued to strengthen.

Eta grew to a strong Category 1 storm overnight, with winds now at 70 mph. Eta is expected to be near or at hurricane strength tonight as it approaches the west coast of Florida, with rapid weakening expected after landfall on Thursday.

Tropical-storm-force winds were approaching Florida’s Southwest Coast this morning, according to the 7 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane forecast: Three potential paths for strengthening Tropical Storm Eta | WeatherTiger

Rainmaker: We avoided worst, but Eta – first 2020 storm to make landfall in the state – drenches rest of South Florida

If Eta makes landfall as expected Thursday, it will mark the second time the storm has made a landfall on Florida. The state’s first direct hit by a tropical cyclone this year came Sunday when Eta hit Lower Matecumbe Key with winds of 65 mph.

Where is Eta now?

  • Location: 130 miles west-southwest of Fort Myers and about 170  miles south-southwest of Tampa
  • Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph
  • Present movement: north-northeast at 15 mph

Watches and warnings

 A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Anna Maria Island to Yankeetown

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Dry Tortugas
  • Bonita Beach to Suwannee River Florida

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  •  Bonita Beach to Steinhatchee River, including Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • The Cuban provinces of La Habana, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth
  • North of the Suwannee River to Aucilla River, Florida

More coverage

Tracker map: See the latest data for Eta

Tracking Eta: See what the storm’s spaghetti models showed


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