My prayers are with all the families, friends and businesses in all areas!
Even after Tropical Storm Eta has wreaked a path of destruction on Broward County, crossed the Florida Keys, Cuba, Honduras and Nicaragua. Watches continue for the final approach for Florida Gulf Coast from Steinhatchee on the north to the Flamingo Visitor Center on the south. Eta has changed it’s path as the late-season tropical region has been sheared apart as the lingering Bermuda high has been ripped apart rather quickly from strong moving arctic air and a strong moving cold front, wielding the polar jet streams down just north of the tropical low pressure area.
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. Iota is next, and probably will come true soon!
…ETA CONTINUES TO PRODUCE HEAVY RAINS AND STRONG WINDS ACROSS PORTIONS OF WEST-CENTRAL FLORIDA…
… A Storm Surge Warning continues from Bonita Beach to Suwanee River Florida, including Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor.
…A Storm Surge Watch continues from the Steinhatchee River to Suwannee River, Fla.
The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in these areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…
– Anclote River to Boca Grande, FL incl. Tampa Bay…3-5 ft
– Boca Grande, FL to Bonita Beach, FL including Charlotte
– Steinhatchee River to Anclote River…2-4 ft
– Bonita Beach to Flamingo…1-2 ft
… A Tropical Storm Warning continues for Bonita Beach to Suwannee River, Fla. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the watch area along the Florida west coast this evening through early Thursday.
… A Tropical Storm Watch continues from north of the Suwannee River to the Aucilla River, Fla. Tropical Storm conditions are possible in the watch area by Thursday.
A few tornadoes are possible through tonight over parts of western and central Florida.
Interests elsewhere along the Gulf Coast of Florida should monitor the progress of Eta. For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office – www.weather.gov
At 7 p.m. EST, the center of Tropical Storm Eta was located off the west coast of Florida about 45 miles (70 km) west of St. Petersburg. Eta is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue
overnight, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast
Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/
Eta is expected to produce the following rainfall totals:
– West and central Florida, through Thursday: 2 to 4 inches, with maximum storm total accumulations of 6 inches.
– North and South Florida, through Thursday: An additional 1 to 2 inches, with isolated maximum storm total accumulations of 4 inches, in North Florida and 20 inches in South Florida.
Flash and river flooding will be possible in western Cuba through Wednesday, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain. Additional flash and urban flooding will be possible in South Florida through Thursday, especially across previously inundated areas. Flash,urban, and isolated minor river flooding is expected across portions of West and North Florida through Thursday.
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 10 p.m. EST – www.hurricanes.
Other Tropical Systems: Theta, which still poses no impact on any land area at the present, although made the record breaking 2020 season complete. A tropical disturbance is at over 50% chance to becoming Iota. 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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