Tropical Storm Eta has stopped in the Gulf of Mexico.
As of the latest advice from the National Hurricane Center, ETA remains a tropical storm with sustained winds of 50 mph. It is located about 350 miles southwest of Fort Myers, or about 150 miles west of Havana, Cuba.
ETA will likely increase in strength over the next 24 hours, as it begins to return north. However, the long-term forecast calls for a weakening of the storm, or even a collapse, before moving ashore along the northern Gulf coast.
While Eta will remain in the west from SWFL, trading around Eta is still very large, so Southwest Florida will deal with rain ranges during the rest of this business week as Eta tracks north. We won’t see 3-4 degrees rain on Monday morning, but we can catch a quick inch or so in some heavy rain locally.
It’s hard to time these rain bands too early, but we’re confident that Tuesday’s rain strip will track during SWFL during the afternoon, and spread from the coast to our inland areas by evening.
The slow storm will also continue to move the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, leading to rough waves for the rest of the week.
Stick with ABC7 as we continue to track ETA this week.
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