Nov. 10 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Eta was lingering over the Yucatan Channel early Tuesday after having moved previous the Florida Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters mentioned.
In its three a.m. EST advisory, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart positioned Eta 80 miles north-northwest of the western tip of Cuba the place it’s anticipated to idle over Tuesday. It had most sustained winds of 50 mph.
The storm made landfall in far southern Florida late Sunday and reduce energy to tens of hundreds of consumers within the Miami metro space earlier than shifting towards the Gulf of Mexico.
Eta is anticipated to float into the Gulf of Mexico beginning Tuesday night time.
“Eta is stationary, and little general movement is forecast at present, with a gradual northward movement is anticipated Tuesday night time by means of Thursday,” the NHC mentioned. “Some strengthening is forecast in the course of the subsequent day or two, adopted by weakening possible beginning on Thursday.”
A tropical storm watch continues 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 programs within the Atlantic this season and underwent speedy 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.