Tropics watch: Eta moves over Cuba; heavy rain, tropical storm conditions expected in Florida

Rachael Thomas
 
| Treasure Coast Newspapers

Tropical Storm Eta moved over Cuba Sunday, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. The storm is expected to drop five to 10 inches of rain on portions of Cuba before moving over the Florida Straits, where it could become a hurricane again, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said.

Portions of southern and central Florida could see up to 12 inches of rain from Eta as the storm approaches the state. Tropical storm-force winds could reach the southern end of the Florida peninsula by Sunday afternoon. Tropical storm-force winds extend 115 miles from the center.

Tropical Storm Eta

  • Location: 235 miles south-southeast of Miami
  • Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph
  • Movement: North at 14 mph

Watches and warnings in Florida

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Florida coast from Deerfield Beach to Bonita Beach.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Florida coast from Brevard/Volusia County line to Englewood including Florida Bay
  • Lake Okeechobee

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Florida coast from north of Englewood to Anna Maria Island.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for the Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the Florida coast from Golden Beach to Bonita Beach, including Biscayne Bay.

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