Tropical Storm Eta could become a hurricane once again as it heads for Florida

Tropical Storm Eta could become a hurricane once again as it heads for Florida

About 270 miles southwest of Tampa, Florida, Eta has been boosted to strong winds of 65 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. These winds could continue to intensify until Wednesday, bringing the storm into hurricane force before it weakens again on its way to the Florida Gulf Coast, according to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy.

Eta’s lesson is now ready to land along Florida’s Big Bend, just east of Ocala, late Thursday or early Friday morning, Guy said.

Whatever the strength of the wind on landing, Eta is waterproof, Guy said.

Tropical Storm Warning currently applies to Dry Tortugas and Bonita Beach, Florida, to the Suwannee River, Florida. North of the Suwannee River to Florida’s Aucilla River, there are tropical storm clocks.

Areas along the Florida coast should expect heavy rainfall of 1 to 3 inches with some areas likely to see up to 5 inches by Friday, Guy said.

Subtropical Storm Theta sets a record

Meanwhile, the Subtropical Storm Theta formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday night, making 2020 the most active hurricane season recorded with 29 storms to date.

There are no clocks or warnings as Theta, now a tropical storm, will travel east and stay in open water before dissolving, according to the NHC.

And with a few weeks to go until the official end of Atlantic Hurricane Season, another storm appears to be forming south of Puerto Rico, the NHC said, and there is a 70% chance it will become the 30th storm to be named, breaking the brand new Theta Record.

“A tropical depression is likely to form late this week or this weekend when the wave reaches the central or western Caribbean Sea,” the agency said.

This is the last hurricane season in which two hurricane names have been activated simultaneously in the Atlantic since 1932. And Eta is the 12th hurricane to reach the United States this season, breaking the previous record of nine sets in 1916.

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