Eta Becomes Hurricane, On Track For Florida’s West Coast

 Wednesday, November 11, 2020

 Sun Sentinel

Portions of Florida’s Gulf Coast are beginning to feel effects from Hurricane Eta’s outer bands as the Category 1 storm makes its approach toward Florida’s west coast, with winds at 75 mph and the potential for “life-threatening storm surge," forecasters said.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Anna Maria Island to Yankeetown, where hurricane conditions are possible within 24 hours, forecasters said.

By Thursday, “life-threatening storm surge” of up to 5 feet could occur on portions of the Florida Gulf Coast from Bonita Beach to Steinhatchee River, including Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor, forecasters said. The area is under a storm surge warning.

Eta’s tropical-storm-force winds stretch out over 115 miles.

Rainfall of 2 to 4 inches, with maximum storm total accumulations of 6 inches, is expected in western and central Florida in the next 48 hours.