TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Ahead of landfall, Eta has weakened to a tropical storm with max winds of 70 mph.
There is finally some better model agreement on the future track and intensity of this storm. The latest advisory from NHC shows Eta is undergoing some weakening prior to landfall.
Eta is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue overnight, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast and northeast Thursday morning.
There is also noticeable shift east in its track over the past 24 hours with a faster movement speed, with good consensus that Eta will make landfall around the Forgotten Coast north of Tampa during the mid day hours on Thursday as a tropical storm.
Tropical Storm Watches are in effect for coastal sections of Taylor and Dixie counties and local offshore waters.
This will be a low-impact storm in the eastern Big Bend and Suwannee River region, and nearly no impact for western counties (around Lake Seminole).
A noticeable breeze is probable in the morning, but most wind gusts outside of the southeast Big Bend should remain at or below 20 mph. A few gusts above 20 mph possible in the morning near the lower and mid Suwannee River valley.
Rain coverage will be scattered from U.S. 319 to the east, and most rain totals should stay below one inch. Western counties may not receive any rain at all.
Eta's departure will usher in a drier pattern, allowing for a break from the extreme mugginess starting Friday.
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