A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for South Florida as former Hurricane Eta has strengthened into a Tropical Storm on Saturday, November 7. The storm is expected to pass over central Cuba over the next 12 hours with Tropical Storm conditions expected to reach the Florida Keys and southeast Florida coast by late Sunday, November 8. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) advisory as of 10:00 (EST) reports the storm immediately north of the Cayman Islands and moving northeast at 17mph (27kph) with maximum sustained winds of 40mph (64kph). A turn to the northwest is expected late Sunday and Eta is forecast to pass over the tip of the Florida peninsula and enter into the Gulf of Mexico where further strengthening is possible.
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 the South Florida area 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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