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Closely Watching Eta

We’re keeping a very close eye on Eta, which is forecast to become a tropical storm again on Friday.  South Florida is now in the 3-day “cone,” and watches are likely to be issued for at least portions of our area later today.

In the meantime, Friday features good sun at times with clouds and plenty of showers on a gusty breeze.  Localized flooding is possible in spots.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains at the Atlantic beaches at least through Saturday evening.  Highs on Friday will be mostly in the mid-80s.

Saturday will be breezy with a mix of sun and clouds.  Widespread showers and storms will move through, with heavy downpours and localized flooding possible.  Saturday’s highs will be in the low 80s.

Look for our weather to deteriorate on Sunday as Eta approaches.  Expect tropical storm force winds, periods of heavy rain, and localized flooding.  Sunday’s highs will be in the low 80s.

Monday will be very windy and stormy, with heavy rain at times and an increased risk of flooding.  Monday’s highs will be in the low 80s.

Tuesday’s forecast includes a mix of sun and clouds, windy conditions, and periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the low 80s.

Tropical Depression Eta is moving into the Caribbean while still dropping heavy rains over Central America.  At 5 am, Eta was located near 17.3 North, 87.4 West, and was moving north at 8 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 35 miles per hour, and Eta is forecast to strengthen.  A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Cayman Islands, and additional watches and warnings are expected for the region later on Friday.  Here in South Florida, we need to be ready for the impacts of a tropical storm on Sunday into Monday.

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.


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