Tropical Storm Eta bringing strong winds, heavy rains to Southwest Florida

Fort Myers News-Press

Tropical Storm Eta was just off the coast of Southwest Florida early Monday morning, according to the 4 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Residents are waking up to strong winds, heavy rains and dangerous storm surge.

Tropical storm conditions will continue across the Florida Keys, south and central Florida today. A couple of tornadoes are possible through tonight over parts of south Florida and the Keys, according to the Hurricane Center.

The tropical storm watch has been upgraded to a tropical storm warning for Florida’s west coast from Englewood to Anna Maria Island.

The storm will have an opportunity to strengthen a little during the next couple of days and it could become a hurricane as it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Where is Eta now?

  • Location: About 65 miles south of Naples
  • Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph 
  • Present movement: WNW at 13mph 

Watches and warnings for Southwest Florida

A tropical storm warning is in effect for: 

  • Florida coast from Brevard/Volusia County line to Anna Maria Island
  • Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay
  • Lake Okeechobee

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, generally within 36 hours. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours. 

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The latest on Tropical Storm Eta Sunday, Nov. 8

Here is the latest on Tropical Storm Eta as of 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020.


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