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Eta may hit south Florida this weekend

Posted at 4:02 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 21:57:36-05

(WTXL) — Eta is forecast to regain tropical storm strength before moving across portions of Cuba and approaches southern Florida this weekend.

Flash and river flooding is also possible across Jamaica, southeast Mexico, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba.

While it is too soon to determine the exact timing, magnitude, and location of possible impacts from wind and rainfall, interests in Cuba, southern Florida, and the Florida Keys should monitor Eta's progress through the week.

Hurricane Eta is expected to weaken to a depression as it moves into Honduras on Wednesday and continues to produce life-threatening flash flooding over portions of Central America along with landslides in areas of higher terrain.

Eta is making a west-northwestward motion, and a faster forward speed is expected this evening through Thursday morning.

On the forecast track, Eta's center is expected across Honduras later this afternoon through Thursday morning. The system is forecast to emerge over the Gulf of Honduras or the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night and Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are now near 40 mph with higher gusts. The continued weakening will occur while Eta moves over land during the next day or two, and Eta should become a tropical depression during the next few hours. Re-intensification is possible once the center of Eta reached the Caribbean Sea.

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