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. Hurricane watches continue for Florida Gulf Coast including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersberg, and possibly Alabama. Eta, poised to move very slowly due to unusually late-season tropical region to the south of the extremely late and slowly dissipating Bermuda high, and the fact that the polar jet streams are up as far north as the mid to upper Midwest.
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: The Atlantic season for the year 2020 has gone into the record books of all types for the most amount of activity first earlier in the month, now for the amount of used names with the formation of Theta–thereby being the single most intense year on records of ALL types.
…TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED FOR THE DRY TORTUGAS AND A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE WEST COAST OF FLORIDA…
…RISK OF FLOODING OVER SOUTH FLORIDA AND WESTERN CUBA CONTINUES…
…A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Dry Tortugas.
Tropical storm conditions are expected there overnight and early Wednesday.
…A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
* The west coast of Florida from Englewood to Suwannee River.
* The Cuban provinces of La Habana, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth.
Tropical storm conditions are possible in the Tropical Storm Watch area in Cuba tonight and Watch area along the Florida west coast by Thursday afternoon.
Interests elsewhere along the Gulf Coast of Florida should monitor the progress of Eta.
At 3 p.m. CST, the center of Tropical Storm Eta was located over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico about 90 miles (145 km) north of the western tip of Cuba. Eta is moving toward the north near 7 mph (11 km/
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/
Eta is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts today and tonight:
– Western Cuba: an additional 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125 mm), with isolated maximum storm total accumulations of 25 inches (765 mm).
– South Florida: Isolated additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2
inches, with isolated maximum storm total accumulations of 15 to 20 inches.
Eta is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts through Thursday:
– Portions of West Florida and the Sun Coast, including the Tampa Bay area: 1 to 2 inches, with isolated totals of 4 inches.
Flash and river flooding will be possible in western Cuba, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain. Additional flash and urban flooding will be possible in South Florida, especially across previously inundated areas, and eventually along portions of West Florida and the Sun Coast. Flash and urban flooding will also be possible for western Cuba.
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 9 p.m. CST with an intermediate advisory at 6 p.m. CST – www.hurricanes.
Other Tropical Systems: Theta, which poses no impact on any land area at the present, although makes the record breaking 2020 season complete. Visit https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness.
La Niña is officially declared as the cause of such the active record breaking hurricane season this year, with names at letter “H” in the Greek alphabet. The Atlantic season has broke every record in the books, 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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