A Hurricane Watch and Storm Surge Watch have been issued for portions of South Florida, ahead of a strengthening Tropical Storm Eta's approach. The Storm Surge Watch includes roughly the same coastal areas, but only extends north to Golden Beach on the Atlantic Coast.
A tropical storm warning flag is raised at Florida Keys National Weather Service Office in Key West. This will continue through Saturday, Nov. 14, or when the regular schedule can resume.
You can check for any further updates from the National Hurricane Center here, read up on Walt Disney World's hurricane policy here and Universal Orlando Resort's policy here.More news: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Re-Enacts Joe Biden's Victory Speech, and More!
Eta made history last week when it matched the strength of Hurricane Laura, the strongest storm of the brutal 2020 hurricane season, with winds peaked at 150 miles per hour.
Meanwhile, a Tropical Storm Warning for the island chain and South Florida remains in effect. The storm is predicted to move west-northwest over the Keys and is expected to become a Hurricane by Monday morning. Forecasters said the bad weather conditions could last up until Monday. It's expected to strengthen to near hurricane level as it reaches the Florida Keys Sunday night.
Some school districts - including Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Broward County Public Schools and Monroe County School District - announced their campuses will be closed Monday due to Eta. The hurricane brought more than 2 feet of rain to parts of Nicaragua and Honduras before being downgraded to a tropical storm, officials said. As such, we're going to see a long stretch of gusty winds and heavy rain starting tonight and lasting through much of Monday.More news: ESPN lays off 300 people due to COVID-19
Rainfall accumulations in southeast Florida may exceed ten inches over the next three days, with 4 to 8 inches most likely near and southeast of a line from Naples to Fort Pierce, Florida.
During our 6 PM follow up call tonight with the EOC it was determined that the Highlands County forecast has changed and that we could experience potentially stronger wind gusts as well as tornado watches and or warnings through the day tomorrow. Sporadic power outages from downed trees or power lines should be planned for in these areas when the strongest winds arrive. There could be flooding and storm surge in some areas.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for campgrounds and R/V parks, with all visitors in those venues to depart by no later than 9 a.m. Sunday. Large waves and high surf are also anticipated from the storm on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, increasing the risk of rip currents at all area beaches.More news: Is Spotify considering a subscription-based podcast service?