It took until early November before Florida took a hit from a tropical system in what has been a relentless and record-setting Atlantic hurricane season, and now the Sunshine State has had two landfalls in less than one week.
Eta made landfall near Cedar Key 4:20 a.m. EST early Thursday morning. Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 50 mph when the storm came ashore.
After beginning to douse the area on Wednesday before its Thursday arrival, the storm left the Tampa Bay area soaked and swamped while many of its residents were stranded.
Immediate reports of roofs being torn off of homes and flooded streets have poured in from the region. According to Duke Energy, over 57,000 along the western coast of the state were without power, as of Thursday morning. By 8 p.m. on Thursday night, however, that number had dwindled to just over 2,000 affected customers as over