Tropics watch: 2020 hurricane season won’t stop; NHC watching hurricane, tropical storm, tropical wave

Cheryl McCloud
| Northwest Florida Daily News

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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.

The National Hurricane Center is tracking three systems in the Atlantic basin: Hurricane Eta, Tropical Storm Theta and a tropical wave in the Caribbean showing signs of strengthening.

Here’s the latest update from the NHC as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11: 

What’s out there and where are they?

1. Hurricane Eta: Eta is located about 130 miles west-southwest of Fort Myers and about 170 miles south-southwest of Tampa. A hurricane watch was issued Tuesday night for Florida’s west coast.

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

Watches, warnings issued: Florida’s west coast under hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Eta strengthens

2. Tropical Storm Theta:  Theta is weakening slightly over the eastern Atlantic.

3. Disturbance 1: A tropical wave located over the eastern Caribbean Sea is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. The wave is expected to move slowly westward into more conducive environmental conditions over the next several days, and a tropical depression is likely to form late this week or this weekend when the disturbance reaches the central or western Caribbean Sea.

How likely are they to strengthen?

1. Hurricane Eta: Reports from the aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph, with higher gusts. Eta is expected to approach the west coast of Florida tonight, with rapid weakening expected after landfall on Thursday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles, from the center.

2. Tropical Storm Theta: Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph, with higher gusts. Slow weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

3. Disturbance 1:

  • Formation chance through 48 hours: 20%
  • Formation chance through 5 days: 80%

Details on Hurricane Eta


Tropical Storm Eta brings strong wind and rain in downtown Miami

Tropical Storm Eta brought strong winds and rain to Miami, threatening flash flooding and a potential storm surge, the National Hurricane Center said.

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


A hurricane watch is in effect for:

  • Anna Maria Island to Yankeetown

A tropical storm warning is in effect for:

  • Bonita Beach to Suwannee River

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:

  • North of the Suwannee River to Aucilla River Florida

Details on Tropical Storm Theta

  • Location: about 740 miles southwest of the Azores
  • Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph 
  • Present movement: east-northeast at 8 mph 

Who is likely to be impacted?

Here’s more information about Hurricane Eta and its impact to Florida today and Thursday. 

There are no hazards to land from Tropical Storm Theta.

It’s still too early at this time to determine whether Florida will feel the impact from the tropical wave in the Caribbean.

Forecasters advise all residents to stay informed and be prepared during this very active hurricane season.

Tracking the tropics in real time:

These graphics, which update automatically, show you activity in the tropics in real time:

Latest images from National Hurricane Center:

USAT storm tracker:

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