Eta regains strength, threatens Florida's Gulf with fourth landfall

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Eta regains strength, threatens Florida's Gulf with fourth landfall
Eta regains strength, threatens Florida's Gulf with fourth landfall

Eta regained hurricane strength off the southwestern coast of Florida on Wednesday, with a fourth landfall expected on Thursday, according to the U.S National Hurricane Center.

The Category 1 hurricane was about 270 km southwest of Tampa, Florida Wednesday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h.

EtaInfo
EtaInfo

"On the forecast track, the center of Eta will move closer to but offshore of the southwest coast of Florida today, approach the west-central coast of Florida tonight, and move inland over the northern portion of the Florida peninsula on Thursday," the NHC says.

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Eta is expected to be near or at hurricane strength as it approaches the west coast of Florida, with rapid weakening to begin after landfall. Eta will then move northeastward into the western Atlantic late Thursday or early Friday.

EtaTrack
EtaTrack

Between 50-100 mm of rain is expected over West Florida through Friday, with locally higher accumulations possible. Similar amounts are expected in North Florida with the threat for storm totals to reach up to 500 mm across the South.

An additional 25-75 mm is also possible over western Cuba on Wednesday, along with the risk for flash flooding and landslides in areas of higher terrain.

"Urban flooding will be possible in South Florida, especially across previously inundated areas. Flash, urban and isolated minor river flooding is expected across portions of West and North Florida through Friday," the NHC warns.

This next landfall will make it a fourth for Eta, with its first dating back to November 3 when it barreled inland as a devastating Category 4 hurricane through northeast Nicaragua.

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EtaTrack Full