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

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Tropical Storm Eta is poised to move in on the Florida Keys, upgraded to a tropical storm, with hurricane watches up for both Cuba and Florida, especially in the Keys. Eta is between Cuba and the Keys, already striking Cuba, Honduras and Nicaragua. If you haven’t evacuated yet, seek high ground and stay off flooded areas. This storm is in an area south of an extremely late Bermuda high so it is moving very slow due to the fact that the polar jet streams are up as far north as the Canadian border.

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 5:19 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!! Tropical Storm Eta is making landfall as I post this. Have an escape plan…It is not worth the gamble to venture out into the storm! Stay as high above sea level as possible. You are almost past point of no return for escaping via Route 1. Flooding is of the main problem as 5 to 15 inches of rain could be possible. This is going to have torrential rains, wind, tornadoes, damage, flying debris, and unfortunately a large amount of deaths. Then, it will go into the Gulf and restrengthen, and move back into central Florida on the Gulf side, near Tuesday to Thursday. Get ready…start preparing for landfall right away!! Start up your board up detail right away to allow enough time for escape. Have an escape plan in place. All residents along the The Bahamas and 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

…TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS, A DANGEROUS STORM SURGE, AND HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLASH FLOODING SPREADING OVER SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE KEYS…

…A Storm Surge Warning continues for…
* Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, incl. Florida Bay

…A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
* Florida coast from Bonita Beach to Card Sound Bridge

…A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, incl. Florida Bay

…A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Florida coast from Golden Beach to Bonita Beach

…A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Northwest Bahamas, including the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and NewProvidence
* Florida coast from Brevard/Volusia County line to Englewood
* Lake Okeechobee

… 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 will spread across the Florida Keys tonight with hurricane conditions expected in a portion of the Florida Keys by early Monday morning. Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue in the warning areas in the Northwest Bahamas and the Florida peninsula through early Monday. Hurricane conditions are possible in the hurricane watch area in Florida tonight and early Monday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the Tropical Storm Watch area in Florida by Monday. Interests elsewhere in the Florida peninsula should monitor the progress of Eta

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 Card Sound Bridge…2-4 ft
– Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas including Florida Bay…2-4 ft
– Card Sound Bridge to Golden Beach, FL including Biscayne Bay…2-3 ft
– Golden Beach, FL to Altamaha Sound, GA…1-2 ft

A few tornadoes are possible this evening through Monday 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 7 p.m. EST, the center of Tropical Storm Eta was located over the Florida Straits about 65 miles (105 km) east of Marathon and about 90 miles (145 km) south of Miami. Eta is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue during the next few hours, followed by a turn toward the west later tonight. A slower west-southwestward motion is forecast Monday night and Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Eta will pass near or over the Florida Keys tonight and early Monday, and be over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday and Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the center. Sustained tropical-storm-force winds have been reported along much of the southeast Florida coast during the past few hours. A National Ocean Service station on Virginia Key recently reported sustained winds of 36 mph (58 km/h) with a gust to 45 mph (72 km/h). A WeatherFlow station at Morningside Park just north of downtown Miami recently reported sustained winds of 40 mph (65 km/h) and a gust to 51 mph (82 km/h). An elevated site at Port Everglades reported a 50 mph (80 km/h) sustained wind and a 65 mph (105 km/h) gust within the past hour or so. Farther north, a WeatherFlow site near Juno Beach reported a wind gust of 49 mph (79 km/h). Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or so and Eta is forecast to become a hurricane as it moves near or over the Florida Keys tonight and early Monday.

The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 10 p.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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