Orlando, Florida. – Tropical Storm Eta, moving north along the coast, has brought strong winds and heavy rain to central Florida.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Eta has brought heavy rain and gusts to the Midwestern Florida. Currently, it is located 65 miles west-southwest of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Eta is moving northward at a speed of 1
NHC said: “On the predicted orbit, the center of Eta will move tonight near the Midwest coast of Florida, but only offshore, and will move inland to the northern Florida peninsula on Thursday.” “Eta Airways is expected. It will move northeast to the western Atlantic on Thursday night and early Friday.”
FOX 35 announced Wednesday afternoon, until at least Thursday noon, it was announced as FOX 35 weather warning day.
FOX 35 chief meteorologist Glenn Richards said that from Wednesday night, tropical storm gusts will be felt throughout most of central Florida. Before 12 pm on Thursday, the strongest winds will be in the west and north of the Orlando metropolis.
FOX 35 meteorologist Jayme King said that Eta should be a severe tropical storm at the time of landfall, and it is expected that the storm will start around 7 am on Thursday. After landing, NHC stated that Eta will quickly weaken.
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Although the western counties in our field of vision will be hit the hardest, the rest of central Florida should be aware of the possibility of rain, floods, gusts, and storm units that may produce tornadoes.
Active watch and warning
Storm surge warning:
- Bonita Beach to Suwanee River, Florida, including Tampa Bay and Port Charlotte
Tropical storm warning:
- Bonita Beach to Suwanee River, Florida
Storm surge watch:
- Steinhardt River to Suwanee River, Florida
Tropical storm watch:
- North of Suwannee River to Florida Aucilla River
There are less than three weeks left in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, and we are currently paying close attention to the three systems.
Tropical storm THETA
NHC stated that Theta became the 29th storm named this season, breaking the record set in 2005.
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The system moves northeast over the eastern Atlantic at a speed of 13 miles per hour, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 60 miles per hour. It is expected to weaken slightly in the next few days and is expected to weaken over the weekend.
Theta is expected to remain over the eastern Atlantic in the next few days and will not pose a threat to Florida.
Watch the new system
The tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean Sea is producing a large number of sporadic showers and thunderstorms.
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NHC said that the waves are expected to move slowly westward in the next few days and enter more favorable environmental conditions. When the waves reach the middle or west of the Caribbean Sea, tropical depressions are likely to form late this week or this weekend.
Regardless of development, it is reported that the system is expected to bring heavy rainfall in the next few days and may bring heavy rain to the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and parts of Hispaniola.
Forecasters believe that in the next five days, it has an 80% chance of developing, and if it develops into a named storm, it will be named “Iota”.
The hurricane season ended on November 30.
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