Heavy rain and winds will stretch from Miami to Naples until Tuesday, and a heavy storm of up to four feet is possible for parts of southern Florida and the Keys. Floods are also expected along roads and properties in low-lying areas across the region, with heavy rainfall – about three to five inches – forecast, with some areas seeing more than a foot throughout the storm this week.
Eta is expected to land again just north of Tampa on Friday as a tropical storm.
Schools close and shelters reopen as the state prepares for Eta
At least five school districts in South Florida, including Miami-Dade, will close on Monday due to the potential impact of Eta, the districts announced on social media.
In Miami-Dade, all bridges were locked on Sunday, according to Mayor Carlos Gimenez. He said the area expected 40 to 60 miles per hour of winds from Sunday night until Monday afternoon, as well as the possibility of tornadoes.
In Auckland Park, heavy rains and floods already have the city’s public works system “at or near capacity,” according to Auckland Public Information Adviser David Rafter.
“Oakland Park Public Works and Parks staff worked all night and all day to address flood concerns to the best of our ability,” Rafter told Tropical Storm Eta.
Sailors are also being warned to stay out of the water, as extremely strong winds can cause dangerous waves that “are likely to capsize or destroy boats,” according to the NWS.
Third landing for Eta
Emergency plans have been put in place in Cuba and Mexico and relief efforts are continuing in Guatemala and Honduras, which have been hit hardest so far.
In Honduras, 38 people have died, eight are missing and more than 60,000 have been evacuated from their homes, according to the country’s permanent emergency committee.
Guatemala’s National Disaster Reduction Coordinator (CONRED) said on Saturday that 116 people were missing, mainly due to a 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 was extremely active, Eta is the first storm to fall in Florida this year and the 12th named storm to fall in the continental United States this season, the largest in a year.