My prayers are with all the families, friends and businesses in all areas!

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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, alreadyย  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:

โ†“ At 8:20 pm โ†“

Atlantic Tropical Report: ALL activity as of present date is down to Eta in the Caribbean.

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Eta: Check out for your local listings here: Nationwide Station Listing Using Broadcast Frequencies. Here it comes!! Start preparing for landfall right away!! Start board up detail immediately, and have an escape plan.It is not worth the gamble, and the escape route out of the Keys is only one route! You will not have much time to prepare and the point of no return could happen rather quickly. Flooding is of the main problem as 5 to 15 inches of rain could be possible. All residents along the The Bahamas and South Florida, including the Keys should have a hurricane plan in action or visit https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness. Please adhere to safety measures and stay out of the way of danger! This storm is capable of major damage, and if it becomes a hurricane, the category number is too early to identify right now. So, please take care of your families and get to high ground, away from coastal areas. Prepare early, as traffic can be a downfall of your escape plans. Do NOT think that you can sit out the storm! This is going to have torrential rains, wind, tornadoes, damage, flying debris, and unfortunately a large amount of deaths. Also, make sure that your pets and livestock are not subject to this storm. Make arrangements accordingly. Current posting from the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

…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
Florida Bay

… 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/Volusia County line to Englewood incl. Florida Bay
* 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
– Flagler/Volusia County Line to Altamaha Sound…2-3 ft
– Golden Beach to Flagler/Volusia County Line…1-2 ft

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.

Significant, life-threatening flash and river flooding will be possible in Cuba, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain. Flash and urban flooding will also be possible for the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and South Florida. Minor to isolated moderate river flooding is also possible for Central Florida.

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/h) with higher gusts. Some weakening is possible after landfall in Cuba overnight, but Eta is forecast to re-strengthen later on Sunday and could be near hurricane strength as it approaches and moves near or over Florida. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center.

The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 4 a.m. EST- www.hurricanes.gov

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Other Tropical Systems: No other present activity, other than Eta. Visit https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness.

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La Niรฑa 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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STAY SAFE!!!

 

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