After leaving more than 100 people dead in Central America, Eta is delivering soaking rains that could lead to life-threatening flooding and landslides in Cuba, and threatens flooding, dangerous storm surge and strong winds in parts of Florida as it approaches the U.S. coast.
After passing between Cuba and the Bahamas, Eta heads to the Florida Keys through Monday morning. The storm looks like it will head over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico late
A hurricane warning is in effect for the Florida Keys, while a hurricane watch is in place for the Florida coast, from Deerfield Beach to Bonita Beach. Tropical storm warnings are also in effect for southern Florida and the Florida Keys, as well as Cuba and northwestern Bahamas.
As of Sunday evening, Eta was 145 km south of Miami, Florida, moving northwest towards the U.S. coast at 22 km/h.
The tropical storm has weakened somewhat, with current maximum sustained winds near 100 km/h, but additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
"On the forecast track, the center of Eta will pass near or over the Florida Keys tonight and early Monday, and be over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday and Tuesday," the U.S. National Hurricane Center says.
Through Friday morning, Eta is expected to produce an additional 25-75 mm of rain, with isolated totals of 380 mm, in Jamaica, 50-125 mm, with isolated amounts of 635 mm, in portions of Cuba, 100-200 mm, with isolated amounts reaching 380 mm, in the Bahamas, and 150-300 mm, with maximum isolated amounts of 450 mm parts of central and southern Florida.
The NHC warns that significant, life-threatening flash and river flooding will be possible in Cuba, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain. Flash and urban flooding will also be possible for Jamaica, the Bahamas and southern Florida. Minor river flooding is also possible for central Florida.
Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest updates on Eta.