Nov. 10 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Eta was lingering over the Yucatan Channel noon Tuesday after having moved previous the Florida Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters mentioned.
In its midday CST advisory, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart positioned Eta 70 miles north-northwest of the western tip of Cuba the place it’s anticipated to idle over Tuesday. It had most sustained winds of 60 mph.
The storm made landfall in far southern Florida late Sunday and minimize energy to tens of 1000’s of shoppers within the Miami metro space earlier than transferring towards the Gulf of Mexico.
Eta is anticipated to float into the Gulf of Mexico beginning Tuesday evening.
“Eta has been practically stationary, and little movement is anticipated by way of this afternoon,” the NHC mentioned. “A gradual northward movement is forecast to start by this night and proceed by way of Thursday.”
A tropical storm watch remains to be in impact for the Cuban provinces of La Habana, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth.
Eta has already made historical past and matched the energy of the strongest storm of the tumultuous 2020 hurricane season — Hurricane Laura — when its winds peaked at 150 mph earlier this week. Eta joined the ranks of eight different tropical methods within the Atlantic this season and underwent fast strengthening, which is outlined by a tropical system that experiences a rise its most sustained winds by 35 mph inside 24 hours.
Hurricane season does not formally finish till Nov. 30.