| Sarasota Herald-Tribune
If Jim Cantore shows up, you know it’s a serious storm.
So watch out, Tampa. According to his social media posts, he was in Tampa on Wednesday
Late Wednesday afternoon, the Weather Channel meteorologist tweeted from the city’s waterfront, remarking “Bayshore Boulevard doing its washtub dance as #eta approaches.”
As Tropical Storm Eta continues on its relentless path, now producing heavy rains and strong winds across portions of west-central Florida, ‘the hurricane king’ is likely to be out and about doing his now famous standups.
Gallery: Track Eta’s path in photos
From the archives: When Jim Cantore was in Florida last year reporting on Hurricane Dorian
After strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday morning, by evening Eta was downgraded to a Tropical Storm but was still producing sustained winds of 70 mph with some higher gusts. Eta is expected to move inland over the northern portion of the Florida peninsula on Thursday. Tropical storm and storm surge watches and warnings are still in effect for parts of Florida’s west coast.
Cantore, who has gained a following since he began reporting in 1986, was in in Mississippi a few weeks back reporting on Hurricane Zeta and is not likely to be in Tampa long as he follows the unusual path of this very unusual storm system.
Jim Cantore on covering his 104th storm: ‘It definitely keeps you going’: Jim Cantore shares memories as he covers Sally
9-year-old cancer survivor meets her meteorologist hero Jim Cantore
A young cancer survivor and weather enthusiast got to meet her idol, meteorologist Jim Cantore, in Georgia on November 19.