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Tropical Storm Eta: Tampa Bay area under Tropical Storm Warning

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A landfall between Tampa Bay and Cedar Secret is attainable tonight or tomorrow.

TAMPA, Fla — Hurricane Hunters discovered Eta had strengthened right into a Class 1 hurricane Wednesday morning. It had most sustained winds of 75 mph.  Eta is at present 170 miles southwest of Tampa, transferring north-northeast at 15 mph.

A hurricane watch has been issued for Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Manatee County, Hernando County and Citrus County. 

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Polk County. 

The Nationwide Climate Service in Tampa Bay issued a twister watch for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Lee, Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Hardee, DeSoto counties till 5 p.m. on Friday.

Elements of the Tampa Bay space stay in Hurricane Eta’s cone of uncertainty, with some spaghetti fashions suggesting the storm will head that manner. Different fashions take it barely additional north.

Whereas the storm could weaken again right into a tropical storm later right this moment, a landfall between Tampa Bay and Cedar Secret is attainable tonight or early tomorrow. 

A storm surge watch is in impact for the Tampa Bay space, and the Nationwide Climate Service is warning of flash flooding that may very well be attainable via Friday afternoon.

As of the most recent advisory, these are the watches and warnings in impact:

  • Anna Maria Island to Yankeetown 
  • Dry Tortugas
  • Bonita Seashore to Suwannee River, Florida
  • Bonita Seashore to Steinhatchee River, Florida, together with Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor
  • Cuban provinces of La Habana, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio and Isle of Youth
  • North of the Suwannee River to Aucilla River, Florida
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Though the middle of the storm could cross Tampa Bay simply offshore, tropical storm-force winds and bands of heavy rain might be attainable via Thursday.

Eta already made landfall round 11 p.m. Sunday evening ET on Decrease Matecumbe Key, Florida. However, a second Florida landfall is feasible.

The NHC can be monitoring two different disturbances.

Subtropical Storm Theta is within the japanese Atlantic. It grew to become the 29th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, setting the document for many named storm within the Atlantic in a single season. It’ll haven’t any impression on the USA.

The NHC can be monitoring Disturbance 1 within the Caribbean. It’s a storm that every one pursuits within the Gulf of Mexico might want to monitor intently. It at present has a 70-percent probability of growing into one other tropical cyclone within the subsequent 5 days.

RELATED: Hurricane Eta making ‘catastrophic’ landfall in Nicaragua with 140-mph winds, a Class four storm

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