The probability of another storm moving in on the Gulf into Florida, soon to be upgraded to a tropical storm, former Hurricane Eta now a depression, has entered the Caribbean Sea meandering laterally after a strike in Honduras and Nicaragua, expected to hit Cuba and Cayman Islands–and a great possibility of hitting South Florida including the Keys. We are keeping an eye out on this storm, keep posted and ready for an evacuation watch.
More technical information as provided by cdema.org – Tropical Weather Systems.
Current tropical activity report directly from the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center:
↓ At 8:20 pm ↓
Atlantic Tropical Report: ALL activity as of present date is down to Eta in the Caribbean.
…ETA EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN OVERNIGHT…
…TROPICAL STORM WATCHES ISSUED FOR THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS, SOUTH FLORIDA, AND THE FLORIDA KEYS…
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:the Cayman Islands and the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus,Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, and Matanzas. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Cayman Islands on Saturday afternoon and evening, and in the warning area in Cuba on Saturday night and Sunday.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
– The Cuban provinces of La Habana, Artemisa y Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth.
– South Florida from Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, including Lake Okeechobee, the Florida Keys and Florida Bay
– The Northwest Bahamas, including the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence.
Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area in Cuba on Saturday night and Sunday, and are possible in the Northwest Bahamas, South Florida, and the Florida Keys within the watch area beginning Sunday.
At 9 p.m. CST, the center of Tropical Depression Eta was located about 275 miles (445 km) west-southwest of Grand Cayman. The depression is moving toward the northeast near 12 mph (19 km/h). On the forecast track, the center of Eta will move across the northwestern Caribbean Sea tonight, approach the Cayman Islands Saturday, be near central Cuba Saturday night and Sunday, and approach the Florida Keys or South Florida late Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Eta is forecast to become a tropical storm again overnight, with further strengthening likely through Sunday.
Eta is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts through Wednesday morning:
– Portions of Central America: An additional 2 to 5 inches (50 to 125 mm), isolated maximum storm totals of 40 inches (1000 mm) in eastern Honduras and eastern Nicaragua.
– Southeastern Mexico and Jamaica: An additional 2 to 5 inches (50 to 125 mm), isolated maximum storm totals of 15 inches (380 mm).
– The Cayman Islands into portions of Cuba: 8 to 16 inches (200 to 400 mm), isolated maximum totals of 25 inches (650 mm).
– The Bahamas and South Florida, including the Keys: 5 to 10
inches (125 to 255 mm), isolated maximum totals of 15 inches (380 mm).
The threat of life-threatenin
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 3 a.m. CST – www.hurricanes.
La Niña is officially declared as the cause of such the active record breaking hurricane season this year, with names at letter “G” in the Greek alphabet. The Atlantic season has now surpassed the tie of the year of 2005 at this point in its very active season, considering it started off so quietly and with dust plumes in June and July. Check out the Wikipedia caption: Atlantic hurricane season
Sharing safety measures from my previous 2018 blog post: Tips For Playing it Safe During a Hurricane: Here Comes Florence!
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