Finally, the fury of the 2020 hurricane season, and it is Florida’s turn. The year is not ready to pass on calmly. With the pandemic already hovering on the head, the storms and hurricanes are causing another obstacle for the people. Florida is witnessing the worst right now, and the storm Eta is getting stronger.
On Sunday afternoon, Tropical Storm Eta arrived in the Florida Keys at the Lower Matecumbe Key. Just days after reaching Nicaragua as a 4-wing hurricane, the storm struck Florida leaving several people dead and hundreds missing. Most of South Florida flooded over the weekend with rain from the storm.
Anthony Lyas, living in his now-waterlogged fort Lauderdale district since 1996, proclaimed, “He has never seen this depth.” Hearing water and debris being slammed over his shuttered home overnight. Mayor Dean Trantalis of Fort Lauderdale declared it a rain record of 100 years. AccuWeather said, much of the time in the city of Miramar that early Monday, more than a foot of the rain had collected in the South of the Sunshine State. Due to the massive storm, the National Hurricane Center said, “life-threatening flush flooding will happen across southeastern Florida on Monday.
While offshore, the middle of Eta will continue to feed heavy rain and rainy wind in Florida Clays and the peninsula of Florida, the Weather Channel said. Eta could hit the strength of a Category 1 hurricane on the Gulf of Mexico later on Monday. Regardless of the storm’s severity, the rains and threats of scattered tornados will persist for South Florida, AccuWeather reported.
The Weather Channel announced that all warnings of the tropical storm had been stopped on the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Key. But the Hurricane Center told the storm that it might still be a threat after a few days spent in the Gulf. “Eta will come close to the Florida Gulf Coast as a tropical storm later this week and may have rain, wind and hurricane impacts.”
The Eta was located some 160 miles north of Cuba’s western tip, said the Hurricane Center, and was keeping in maximum winds of 50 mph on Monday afternoon. It flew southwest at 16 miles per second. Florida authorities had shut down public transit along with beaches, harbours, and COVID-19 research sites locked down. The people are advised to keep out of the street while the storm advanced. Several houses have since been opened to people of mobile homes for areas in Miami and the Florida Keys.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Saturday, the state of emergency, was proclaimed in eight counties on the east end as the state hit Eta. The hurricane swelled in Cuba on Sundays, with 25,000 being evacuated, rivers overflowing, and coastal areas. But no death records have been released. Central American officials were also reviewing damage after torrential rain on Monday. At least 68 people were reportedly killed, but there were hundreds more lost.
Guatemala’s researchers were also excavating people thought to have been buried by a colossal landslide flooded with rain. On Sunday, officials lifted the known death toll to 27 in Guatemala from 15 and announced that over 100 people had been missing, many of whom were on a landslide in San Cristóbal Verapaz.
At least 20 people in Southern Mexico were also declared killed, with 21 local authorities in Honduras, but the national disaster agency confirmed only eight. In Manatee County, emergency management authorities warn residents who live in the area to track the storm in the next days. This week there is a partial (level 2) activation of the County Emergency Operations Center.
It would help if you predicted some winds and rain on Monday and Tuesday night while you live in the county. Eta was the first storm in Florida in the 2020 season. On the other hand, Louisiana was struck by five designated hurricanes – Laura, Zeta, and Delta Hurricanes, and Cristobal and Marco Tropical Storms.
The storm arrived on the south side of Islamorada’s Lower Matecumbe Key. But his wind was so vast that heavy rain and the dangerous wind was carried into the districts of Broward and Miami-Dade and Palm Beach up to 310 miles from the core of the storm.