According to the latest National Hurricane Center (NHC) advisory for Tropical Storm Eta at 04:00 (local time) on Monday, November 9, Storm Eta is currently located just off the coast of southwest Florida, and the Hurricane Warnings for the Florida Keys and Florida Bay have been replaced with a Tropical Storm Warning from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas. The Hurricane Watch for south Florida has also been discontinued. The Tropical Storm Watch for the Florida west coast from Englewood to Anna Maria Island has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning. A Tropical Storm Warning is also in place for Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, generally within 36 hours.
On the forecast track, the center of Eta will gradually pull away from the Florida Keys and south Florida today and be over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico tonight through Wednesday, November 11.
Flooding, landslides, tornadoes, and disruptions to businesses, utilities, and transport are possible in the coming days in affected areas during the passing of the storm.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from late May through to the end of November, with activity typically peaking in late August and early September. Numerous tropical storms form in the Atlantic Ocean during this period, with most affecting the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the east coast of the United States. Although communities in the region are generally well prepared for adverse weather conditions during the hurricane season, severe storms bring a significant risk of flooding and infrastructural damage.
Those in Florida are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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