Tropical Storm Eta makes landfall on Florida’s west coast, bringing blustery rain

Tropical Storm Eta continued its trek across Florida on Thursday, bringing more rain and wind after making landfall near Cedar Key early in the day. 

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Eta came onshore about 4 a.m. with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

As the storm moved across the state, residents in North Florida saw heavy rain and gusty wind. Eta emerged out into the western Atlantic on Thursday afternoon.

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Immediate reports of roofs being torn off homes and flooded streets poured in from the region, AccuWeather said. More than 7,000 customers along the western coast of the state were without power as of Thursday afternoon, according to Duke Energy.

The storm was expected to accelerate over the western Atlantic and move parallel to but offshore

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Tropical Storm Eta dumps blustery rain on Florida west coast

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Eta dumped torrents of blustery rain on Florida’s west coast as it marched over the Gulf of Mexico toward an expected landfall north of the heavily populated Tampa Bay area.



Water splashes against the seawall along Pass A Grille Way in St. Pete Beach, Fla,, on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 as squalls from Tropical Storm Eta move through Pinellas County. Eta has weakened to a tropical storm just hours after regaining hurricane strength as Florida braces for a second hit from the storm. (Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times via AP)


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Water splashes against the seawall along Pass A Grille Way in St. Pete Beach, Fla,, on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 as squalls from Tropical Storm Eta move through Pinellas County. Eta has weakened to a tropical storm just hours after regaining hurricane strength as Florida braces for a second hit from the storm. (Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

The National Hurricane Center in Miami predicted Eta would slog ashore sometime Thursday and then move northeast across Florida as it loses strength. Eta briefly gained hurricane strength Wednesday morning, but forecasters said it later weakened to tropical storm status with maximum winds of 70 mph (110 kph).



Surfer Emily Ashe, 22, Miami, wades through an angry Gulf of Mexico as waves pound Pass-A-Grille Beach, St. Pete Beach, Fla., during Tropical Storm Eta, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.  Eta has weakened to a tropical storm just hours after regaining hurricane strength as Florida braces for a second hit from the storm. (Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times via AP)


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Eta weakens back to tropical storm as it moves toward Florida

Eta has weakened to a tropical storm just hours after regaining hurricane strength as Florida braces for a second hit from the storm.



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As of 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Eta is about 115 miles southwest of Tampa with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Winds could continue to intensify through Wednesday as the storm continues on its path toward Florida’s Gulf Coast. The hurricane center said Eta could be at or near hurricane strength when it makes landfall on Thursday.

The center of Eta is expected to move close to the southwest coast of Florida on Wednesday and approach the west-central coast of Florida Wednesday night.

Eta’s course is now set for landfall along the Big Bend of Florida,

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Tropical Storm Eta makes landfall in the Florida Keys

Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in the Florida Keys late Sunday night and will continue to bring hurricane conditions to the area throughout Monday.





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Eta previously made landfall on the south-central coast of Cuba early Sunday.

Eta had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph when it struck on Lower Metacumbe Key Sunday night, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The tropical storm was expected to bring isolated maximum rainfall totals of about two feet, the NHC said.

The amount of rain is likely to lead to life-threatening flash floods and landslides, as well as a storm surge that will raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above normal tides along the coast, according to the NHC.

“On the forecast track, the center of Eta will pass near or over the Florida Keys tonight and early Monday, and be over the southeastern

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Tropical Storm Eta threatens Cuba and south Florida

Tropical Storm Eta is lashing the Caribbean with torrential rainfall and damaging winds on Saturday as it approaches Cuba.





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The storm is currently moving northeast away from the Cayman Islands and toward central Cuba at 14 mph as of 7 p.m. ET. It has sustained winds of 65 mph with tropical storm-force winds extending up to 105 miles out from the storm’s center.

The center of the storm is forecast to cross central Cuba Saturday evening and approach south Florida and the Florida Keys on Sunday. Eta will then pass near or over south Florida and the Florida Keys Sunday night and Monday, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical storm conditions are forecast by late Sunday in the Florida Keys and along portions of the southeast Florida coast, according to the hurricane center.

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“Some strengthening is

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