The storm will move slowly north in the coming days and will make another landing somewhere along the Gulf Coast.
Eta has weakened and its route has shifted west. It is not expected to be a hurricane, but states from Texas to Florida will still have to follow the trajectory.
“We still have to watch the next few days as it gets very close and potentially makes another landing along the Gulf Coast, anywhere from Texas via the Florida Panhandle, you have to watch,” Dean said.
The prolonged storm continues to send rain to parts of South Florida, as it rains in the area on Monday.
An extra 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible throughout the day on Tuesday, making isolated maximum aggregates up to 20 inches.
The 28th Storm rained down rain in Miami and densely populated neighborhoods along the coast.
Drivers struggled to cross flooded roads in Miami, with dozens of service calls reported by stranded motorists.
ONE Lamborghini The driver was spotted Sunday night as the storm reached the ground in the luxury sports car through flooded roads.
“Lamborghini or Submarine?” a man commented after locating the vehicle on a WSVN-TV passing through the water. Waves could be seen encircling the hood and then surrounding the sides as the yellow vehicle passed through the floodwaters.
Extensive flooding stopped vehicles, broke into homes and turned residential roads into canals. Photos from a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue drone show neighborhoods flooded by the storm.
“I have been here for 25 years. I have never seen anything like it in my life, “said a woman in West Fort Lauderdale he told WSVN-TV. “We have lived in Melrose for twenty-five years, and that is what we have. No help. “
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis described the flood as a “100-year-old rainstorm”, in contrast to the heavy tropical rains that are common in South Florida during the summer.
“Once the soil is saturated, there really is no place for water to go,” Trantalis said.
There were no reported deaths in Florida, but firefighters pulled a man from a car that had crashed into a canal Sunday night in Lauderdale, north Miami. The patient was hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.
“It’s very bad. In the last 20 years, I have never seen anything like it,” said Tito Carvalho, who owns a car stereo in Fort Lauderdale. He estimated that the water was 3 feet deep in some places.
Heavy rain also damaged one of the state’s largest COVID-19 test sites at Miami-Dade’s Hard Rock County Stadium, officials said.
The site was expected to close by Wednesday or Thursday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Twitter that Floridians should watch the storm in the coming days.
“While this storm has moved to the high seas, it could still bring dangerous conditions to the Gulf Coast later this week.” wrote on Twitter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.