Tropics watch: National Hurricane Center monitoring 2 tropical storms, tropical wave

Cheryl McCloud
| Florida Times-Union

Show Caption
Hide Caption

Tropical Storm Eta: Live forecast update for Nov. 11, 2020

Here is the latest on Tropical Storm Eta as of 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 from Dr. Ryan Truchelut who walks us through the impacts on Florida region-by-region.

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

Tropical Storm Eta made landfall near Cedar Key at 4 a.m. today, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. The storm currently is moving across North Florida toward the Atlantic.

Here’s the latest update from the NHC as of 7 a.m. ET Thursday, Nov. 12: 

What’s out there and where are they?

1. Tropical Storm Eta: Eta is located about 10 miles west of Gainesville and is moving across North Florida toward the western Atlantic.

Where’s Jim Cantore?: Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore is in Tampa, Florida tracking Tropical Storm Eta

National Hurricane Center updates: Tropical Storm Eta crossing Florida after landfall near Cedar Key

2. Tropical Storm Theta: Theta is moving east-northeast over the eastern Atlantic.

3. Disturbance 1: A tropical wave located over the central Caribbean Sea continues to produce a large area of showers and thunderstorms. The disturbance is becoming better organized, and a tropical depression likely will form within the next couple of days as it moves slowly west over the central and western Caribbean Sea.

How likely are they to strengthen?

1. Tropical Storm Eta:  Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph, with higher gusts. Eta could re-intensify as a non-tropical cyclone Friday before becoming absorbed by a larger non-tropical cyclone Saturday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles, primarily over water to the east of the center.

2. Tropical Storm Theta:  Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast through Friday. Slow weakening is forecast to begin over the weekend.

3. Disturbance 1:

  • Formation chance through 48 hours: 80%
  • Formation chance through 5 days: 90%


Video: Outer bands of Tropical Storm Eta lash Sanibel Island, Florida

Tropical Storm Eta moved toward Southwest Florida Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.

Details on Tropical Storm Eta

  • Location: 10 miles west of Gainesville, about 60 miles southwest of Jacksonville
  • Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph
  • Present movement: northeast at 13 mph 

Watches and warnings in Florida

A tropical storm warning is in effect for:

  • Flagler/Volusia County, Florida line northward to St. Andrews Sound, Georgia

Details on Tropical Storm Theta

  • Location: 470 miles south-southwest of the Azores
  • Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph
  • Present movement: east-northeast at 12 mph 

Who is likely to be impacted?

Tropical Storm Eta is moving across North Florida, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds. Here’s more information about Tropical Storm Eta and its impact to Florida.

There are no hazards to land from Tropical Storm Theta.

The tropical wave is expected to bring heavy rainfall along with possible flash flooding to portions of Hispaniola over the next day or so.

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:

What’s next?

We will continue to update our tropical weather coverage daily. Download your local site’s app to ensure you’re always connected to the news. And look at our special subscription offers here.


Enjoy our news? Please spread the word :)