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Tropical storm warning in effect for South Florida, Treasure Coast ahead of Eta

Eta forecast to reach near-hurricane strength as it approaches Florida
Posted at 7:48 AM, Nov 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 00:14:22-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A tropical storm warning is in effect for all of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, while a hurricane watch is in effect for Broward and Miami-Dade counties through the Florida Keys, as Tropical Storm Eta is forecast to bring deteriorating conditions this weekend.

As of 10 p.m. Saturday, Eta was moving northeast at 13 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the center of Eta will cross central Cuba on Saturday evening, pass near or over the Florida Keys or South Florida on Sunday evening into Monday and move into the Gulf of Mexico by Monday.

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"On this track, we're going to feel the effects from this through much of the week," WPTV First Alert chief meteorologist Steve Weagle said.

Eta could weaken some upon making landfall in Cuba but is forecast to re-strengthen and could be at near-hurricane strength as it approaches Florida.

"Computer models taking it across Cuba and then some models, in fact, take this system right across Miami-Dade County and then eventually into the Gulf of Mexico," WPTV First Alert meteorologist Steve Villanueva said Saturday morning.

However, the computer model that the National Hurricane Center likes to follow -- which is a combination of several models -- keeps Eta's center closer to Key West, Villanueva said.

Villanueva said the impacts of Eta in South Florida will really be felt Sunday into Monday.

He said there could be as much as 10 inches of rain in spots.

The tropical storm warning now stretches north along Florida's eastern coast to the Brevard-Volusia County line and on the Gulf coast from north of Bonita Beach to Englewood.

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A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:
* Florida coast from Golden Beach to Bonita Beach, including Biscayne Bay
* Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
* Florida coast from Deerfield Beach to Bonita Beach
* Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
* The Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, and Matanzas
* Northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence
* Florida coast from Brevard/Volusia County line to Englewood including Florida Bay
* Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas
* Lake Okeechobee

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
* The Cuban provinces of La Habana, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth
* Florida coast from north of Englewood to Anna Maria Island.

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