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

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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:

↓ At 5:19 pm ↓

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

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Eta: Check out for your local listings here: Nationwide Station Listing Using Broadcast Frequencies. It is not over, yet! Tropical Storm Eta is now in the Gulf. The Gulf has extremely warm waters associated with an ongoing La NiΓ±a, due to streaks of ongoing dry and sunny days with no cloud cover. A Gulf strike is imminent. It will go through a restrengthening process and, and move in by Wednesday to Friday. 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 Gulf coast from Florida Gulf Coast including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersberg and Mobile, Alabama 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 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/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center. Some strengthening will be possible tonight and Tuesday. Gradual weakening is expected to begin on Wednesday and then continue through the end of the week.

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.gov

Image may contain: water, outdoor and natureNo photo description available.Image may contain: text that says '95W 90W Most Likely Arrival Time of Tropical-Storm-Force Winds 85W 80W NEATKEA MS 75W AL GA 8 pm am pm Fri 8 am Thu Thu Wed Wed 8 am Tue 8 pm Tue 8 am 30N Bahamas 25N Cuba Mexico Tropical Storm Eta Mon. Nov. 2020 pm EST Advisory 38 20N Storm Location O 34k (39 mph) & 34-63 (39-73 mph) Wind Speed mph) All TimesEST Times 5-day chance of receiving sustained 34+ (39+ mph) winds 102030405060708090100%'Image may contain: text that says 'Inches 20 15 10 Tropical Storm Eta -5Rainfal Forecast (inches) Created 12:51 EST Mon Nov 2020 :00 PM EST Mon Nov 2020 through 7:00 EST Nov 4 2020 DOC/NOAA/NWS/NCEP/WPC Local point maximum rainfall may be higher than shown. See the NHC public advisories for the latest tropica cyclone information. NORA'

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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 NiΓ±a 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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