Tropics Update: Eta Strengthens to a Hurricane
Indirect impacts from Eta will move into the Carolinas midweek
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eta made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday night. It has produced more than 15″ of rain across S. Florida. As of 11 am, Wednesday Eta has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as it moves NNE at 10 mph off the coast of SW Florida.
Eta will ride up the Florida coast before making landfall north of Tampa Thursday morning. Due to a less than favorable environment and interaction with land it will likely be a tropical storm at landfall, however the flooding and storm surge impacts will still be great with Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches along the Florida Gulf Coast. A tornado watch is also in effect for south and central Florida through this evening.
Based on the latest track of this storm, heavy rain for the weekend for the WCCB viewing area is not likely. However, Eta will travel across Florida and up towards the Carolina coast late Thursday through early Saturday before moving out deeper into the Atlantic. This will likely increase the rip current risk along the coast, but reduce any further impacts to our region.