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tropical weather: what can Florida expect from Eta?
While Eta is expected to be a tropical storm again by Friday, its track is questionable and complex, says Dr. Ryan Truchelut. It will be a wet weekend, especially for South Florida.
**This story contains the path and predicted track of Tropical Depression Eta, according to the National Hurricane Center. The map from the NHC will automatically refresh with new updates from the hurricane center. Check back for updates on the storm.**
Eta is No. 28.
In an already active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Eta (pronounced “AY-tuh”), originally formed in the Caribbean on Halloween, days after Hurricane Zeta made landfall (Oct. 28) near Cocoderie, Louisiana, as a Category 2 storm.
Like 2005, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season tied the record for most named storms in a single season. Not long after forming, Eta strengthened into a hurricane, becoming the season’s 12th hurricane, before downgrading to a tropical storm and currently a tropical depression.
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Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University who specializes in Atlantic basin hurricane forecasts, said Eta was the strongest Atlantic hurricane this late in the calendar year since Otto in 2016.
Hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30, but like in past years, the season started early with storms forming in May.
Here’s an update from the National Hurricane Center as of 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5:
Eta continues to pose a risk to Florida, but how much so and where it will go remain uncertain.
Currently a slow-moving tropical depression, Eta is bringing heavy rain and life-threatening flood to portions of Central America today.
As it moves into the northwestern Caribbean Sea, forecasts call for it to strengthen into a tropical storm Friday.
The latest forecast path shows Eta taking a sharp turn to the west, removing most of the east coast of Florida from the cone. There is an increasing risk for wind and rain in southern Florida over the weekend and into next week.
Tropical Depression Eta is maintaining winds of 30 mph. It’s currently located about 80 miles southwest of La Ceiba, Honduras.
Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is likely through tonight. After that, Eta is forecast to intensify over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
Winds are expected to steadily increase and Eta could regain tropical storm status Friday and winds could reach 65 mph by Tuesday.
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Latest path: Eta
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Contributing: Cheryl McCloud, USA TODAY Network-Florida