TROPICAL STORM WARNING: updated

This is an important message from ALERT Indian River

Latest information from the National Weather Service: 

  • Current Storm Status:
  • Tropical Storm Eta is currently emerging over Cuba and is located about 235 SSE of Miami and moving north at 14 mph. 
  • Maximum sustained winds are currently 65 mph and moving north at 14 mph.

Forecast:

  • Tropical Storm Eta is forecast to remain a strong tropical storm or minimal hurricane as it reaches the Florida Keys early Monday morning, followed by a sharp westward turn into the southeast Gulf of Mexico later Monday.
  • There is uncertainty in the longer range forecast.

Watches and Warnings for Indian River County:

  • Tropical Storm Warning
  • Flood Watch

Expected Impacts to Indian River County:

  • Winds: (Timing) Strongest winds will begin late this afternoon through Monday afternoon. (Strength) 30-40 mph with gusts of 50 mph (some gusts of 60 mph in heaviest squalls). Windy conditions will continue into mid-week.
  • Rain: The threat for heavy rainfall will being today and continue into Monday with localized amounts of 2-3 inches and cumulative amounts up to 5-7 inches.
  • Tornadoes:  There is a risk for isolated tornadoes tonight into Monday.
  • opical Storm Warningis in effect for Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin counties.
  • Eta moving northeast across the Caribbean Sea through this evening.
  • Eta will gradually strengthen and turn the northwest to west Sunday night near the Florida Keys and then turn northwest over the eastern Gulf of Mexico early next week.

Possible Impacts to Indian River County:

  • There is an increasing likelihood that Eta will bring periods of very windy conditions and the threat of excessive rainfall Sunday afternoon through mid-day Monday.
  • Time period for strongest winds:  Sunday afternoon through noon Monday as Eta makes its closest approach.
  • Wind Forecast:  30-40 mph, gusts of 50 mph with gusts to 60 mph in heaviest showers.
  • Rain Forecast:  The threat for heavy rainfall will being Sunday and continue into Monday with localized daily amount of 2-3 inches and cumulative amounts up to 5-7 inches for Indian River County.
  • There is an increasing risk for isolated tornadoes Sunday night and Monday.
  • Hazardous wind and sea conditions are expected this weekend and into early next week.

Protective Actions:

  1. Follow media reports to stay advised of changing developments with Eta.
  2. Driving conditions may be hazardous; drive as little as possible during and after heavy rainfall.
  3. Be prepared for possible power outages.  Have flashlights and extra batteries ready.
  • Monday.
  • Winds will be strongest along the coast.
  • Gusts (50-60 mph) are possible with onshore moving showers Sunday and Monday.
  • Heavy rainfall will begin Sunday, and continue Sunday night and Monday with daily amounts of 2-3 inches.
  • There is a risk for isolated tornadoes Sunday night and Monday.
  • Hazardous wind and sea conditions are expected this weekend and into early next week.
  • Moderate beach erosion and minor coastal flooding may develop by Sunday night and Monday.
  • Tropical Storm Watches may be issued for east central Florida late today or early tomorrow.

Protective Actions:

  1. Follow media reports to stay advised of changing developments with Eta.
  2. Driving conditions may be hazardous; drive as little as possible during and after heavy rainfall. 
  3. Be prepared for possible power outages. Have flashlights and extra batteries ready.

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