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Tropical Storm Eta Advisory Number 48
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL292020
400 AM EST Thu Nov 12 2020
...ETA ABOUT TO MAKE LANDFALL NEAR CEDAR KEY FLORIDA...
...STILL PRODUCING DANGEROUS STORM SURGE, HEAVY RAINS AND GUSTY
WINDS FOR PORTIONS OF THE FLORIDA GULF COAST AND NORTHERN FLORIDA
SUMMARY OF 400 AM EST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 5 MI...10 KM E OF CEDAR KEY FLORIDA
ABOUT 80 MI...130 KM NNW OF TAMPA FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NE OR 40 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...995 MB...29.39 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
The Tropical Storm Warning south of the middle of Longboat Key has
The Tropical Storm Watch has been discontinued.
The Storm Surge Warning between Bonita Beach and Middle of Longboat
Key, Florida, including Charlotte Harbor, has been discontinued.
The Storm Surge Watch has been discontinued.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Middle of Longboat Key to Suwannee River Florida, including Tampa
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Middle of Longboat Key to Suwannee River Florida
* Flagler/Volusia County Florida line northward to St. Andrews
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* North of the Suwannee River to Aucilla River Florida
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.
A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening
inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in
this case within 24 hours in the indicated locations. For a
depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service
Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. This
is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas
should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from
rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions.
Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local
For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 400 AM EST (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Eta was
located near latitude 29.1 North, longitude 83.0 West. Eta is moving
toward the northeast near 13 mph (20 km/h). Eta should make
landfall soon, move across northeastern Florida today and emerge
into the western Atlantic this afternoon. The cyclone is expected
to accelerate over the western Atlantic and move parallel to, but
offshore of the Carolinas before heading well east of the
Mid-Atlantic coast by late Friday.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph (85 km/h)
with higher gusts. Eta is expected to weaken after landfall but
could re-intensify as a non-tropical cyclone on Thursday and Friday
before becoming absorbed by a larger non-tropical cyclone on
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km)
from the center. A National Ocean Service station near Cedar Key
recently reported sustained winds of 40 mph (64 km/h) and a gust of
50 mph (81 km/h).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb (29.39 inches)
based on surface observations from Cedar Key.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
Key messages for Eta can be found in the Tropical Cyclone Discussion
under AWIPS header MIATCDAT4, WMO header WTNT44 KNHC, and on the
web at www.hurricanes.gov/text/MIATCDAT4.shtml.
STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the
tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by
rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could
reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated
areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...
Suwannee River to Middle of Longboat Key, FL including Tampa
Middle of Longboat Key to Bonita Beach, FL including
Charlotte Harbor...1-3 ft
Bonita Beach to Flamingo, FL...1-2 ft
The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of
onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by dangerous
waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the
surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short
distances. For information specific to your area, please see
products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast
RAINFALL: Eta will produce an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain
across portions of the Florida Peninsula through today, with
isolated maximum storm total accumulations of 20 to 25 inches in
Localized flash and urban flooding will be possible across the
Florida Peninsula today, especially across previously inundated
areas. Minor river flooding is expected across portions of west
Florida lasting into the weekend.
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Tropical Storm
Warning area along the Florida west coast through this morning, and
in the warning area along the east coast starting in the next few
SURF: Swells generated by Eta are expected to affect the Florida
Gulf Coast today and are likely to cause life-threatening surf and
rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local
Next intermediate advisory at 700 AM EST.
Next complete advisory at 1000 AM EST.