My prayers are with all the families, friends and businesses in all areas!
Another storm is moving in on the Gulf into Cuba then Florida, upgraded to a tropical storm, with hurricane watches up for both Cuba and Florida, especially in the Keys. Eta is mid-Caribbean Sea, already striking Honduras and Nicaragua. Everyone knows if you live in the Keys that the escape route is very narrow, so start evacuation immediately.
More technical information as provided by cdema.org – Tropical Weather Systems.
Current tropical activity report directly from the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center:
Atlantic Tropical Report: ALL activity as of present date is down to Eta in the Caribbean.
…ETA FORECAST TO PRODUCE DANGEROUS STORM SURGE, FLASH FLOODS AND STRONG WINDS OVER PORTIONS OF CUBA AND FLORIDA…
…A Storm Surge Watch continues for:
* The Florida coast from Golden Beach to Bonita Beach, including Biscayne Bay
* Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including
… A Hurricane Watch continues effect for…
* Florida coast from Deerfield Beach to Bonita Beach
* Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, incl.Florida Bay.
Hurricane conditions are possible in the hurricane watch area in Florida Sunday night and Monday..
… A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
* The Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, and Matanzas
* The Northwest Bahamas, including the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence
* Florida coast from Brevard/
* Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas
* Lake Okeechobee
Tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning areas in Cuba overnight and Sunday, in the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and in South Florida and the Florida Keys Sunday and Sunday night.
… A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
* The Cuban provinces of La Habana, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth
* Florida coast from north of Englewood to Anna Maria Island.
Tropical storm conditions are possible in the tropical storm watch area in Cuba tonight and in the watch area in Florida by early Monday.
The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…
– Bonita Beach, FL to Golden Beach, FL including Biscayne Bay…2-4 ft
– Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas including Florida Bay…2-4 ft
– Golden Beach to Flagler/
Interests elsewhere in Cuba and the Florida peninsula should monitor the progress of this system as additional Tropical Storm Watches or Warnings could be required for some of these areas on Sunday.
A tornado or two may occur Sunday evening and Sunday night over South Florida and the Keys.
For storm information specific to your area in the United States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office – www.weather.gov For storm information specific to your area outside of the U.S., please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.
At 10 p.m. EST, the center of Tropical Storm Eta was located about 140 miles (220 km) west-southwest of Camaguey, Cuba, and about 355 miles (570 km) south of Miami, Florida. Eta is moving toward the northeast near 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the north and northwest at a slower forward speed is expected on Sunday and Sunday night, followed by a westward motion on Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Eta will cross central Cuba tonight, approach south Florida and the Florida Keys on Sunday, pass near or over south Florida and the Florida Keys Sunday night and Monday and be over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 65 mph (100 km/
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 4 a.m. EST- 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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