My prayers are with all the families, friends and businesses in all areas!
Tropical Storm Eta has wreaked havoc on Broward County, crossed the Florida Keys, Cuba, Honduras and Nicaragua. Now there are hurricane watches up for the Florida Gulf Coast including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersberg, and possibly Alabama. Eta is poised to move in very slowly, caught in a very unusually late-season tropical region to the south of an extremely late and strong Bermuda high, and the fact that the polar jet streams are up as far north as the upper U.S. states.
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 Gulf.
…ETA MOVING SOUTHWESTWARD OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO…
…EXPECTED TO SLOW DOWN AND STRENGTHEN SOME TONIGHT AND TUESDAY…
…A Tropical Storm Watch continues for the Cuban provinces of La Habana, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth. Tropical storm conditions are possible there tonight and Tuesday.
Gusty conditions will continue across the Florida Keys, south
and central Florida, and the Northwest Bahamas today.
Interests along the Gulf Coast of Florida should monitor the progress of Eta. 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
At 4 p.m. EST, the center of Tropical Storm Eta was located over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico about 140 miles (220 km) west-southwest of Dry Tortugas and about 125 miles (200 km) north of the western tip of Cuba. Eta is moving toward the southwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this motion with some reduction in forward speed is expected to continue through tonight. Little overall motion is forecast on Tuesday and a slow northward motion is expected Tuesday night and Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Eta will remain over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico tonight through Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/
Eta is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts through Saturday morning:
– The Bahamas: An additional 1 to 2 inches (25 to 50 mm), with isolated maximum storm totals of 15 inches (380 mm).
– Portions of Cuba: an additional 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125 mm),
isolated maximum storm total accumulations of 25 inches (635 mm).
– Portions of the central and southern Florida peninsula, including the Keys, an additional 1 to 3 inches (25 to 75 mm)), with isolated maximum storm totals of 18 inches (450 mm) in South Florida.
Flash flooding and river flooding will be possible in Cuba, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain. Additional flash flooding is possible across inundated urban areas of southeast Florida today. Flash and urban flooding will also be possible for the Bahamas and the remainder of southern and eastern Florida during the next several days.
The next complete advsory will be issued by NHC at 10 p.m. EST with an intermediate advisory at 7 p.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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