Heavy rain and winds will stretch from Miami to Naples through Tuesday, and a storm surge of up to four feet is possible for parts of south Florida and the Keys. Flooding is also expected along low-lying roads and properties across the region as heavy rains — about three to five inches — are forecast, with some areas seeing more than a foot throughout the duration of the storm this week.
Eta is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico and may make a sharp turn and head back toward Florida later this week.
Schools close and shelters open as state prepares for Eta
At least five school districts in south Florida, including Miami-Dade, are closed Monday due to Eta’s potential impact, the districts announced on social media.
In Miami-Dade, all bridges were locked down Sunday, according to Mayor Carlos Gimenez. He said the area anticipated 40 to 60 mph winds beginning Sunday night through Monday afternoon, as well as the possibility of tornadoes.
In Oakland Park, heavy rains and flooding has the city’s public works system “at or near capacity” already, according to Oakland Park Public Information Officer David Rafter.
“Oakland Park Public Works and Parks personnel have been working throughout the night and all day addressing the flooding concerns to the best of our ability,” Rafter said in an Tropical Storm Eta update.
Mariners are also being warned to stay off the water as extremely strong winds can cause hazardous waves that would “likely capsize or damage vessels,” according to NWS.
Third landfall for Eta
Emergency disaster plans are in place in Cuba and Mexico, and relief efforts continue in Guatemala and Honduras, which have been the hardest hit so far.
In Honduras, 38 people have died, eight people remain missing and more than 60,000 have been evacuated from their homes, according to the country’s Permanent Contingency Commission.
Guatemala’s National Disaster Reduction Coordinator (CONRED) reported Saturday that 116 people remain missing, mostly due to the landslide in the remote village of Quejá, in the central Alta Verapaz region.
At least 8,938 people have been evacuated and 5,780 remain in temporary shelters, the agency said.
Although the season has been extremely active, Eta is the first named storm to make landfall this year in Florida and the 12th named storm to make landfall in the continental US this season, the most in one year.