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Please Show Yourself Out, Eta

You made your point, Eta. Please leave now, bye!!!!
You made your point, Eta. Please leave now, bye!!!! Illustration by Jessica Lipscomb
click to enlarge You made your point, Eta. Please leave now, bye!!!! - ILLUSTRATION BY JESSICA LIPSCOMB
You made your point, Eta. Please leave now, bye!!!!
Illustration by Jessica Lipscomb
Some storms just can't take a hint. After days of threatening to drench Florida, Tropical Storm Eta made landfall Sunday night around 11 on Lower Matecumbe Key. But instead of reading the room and graciously calling it a night, that straggler Eta is heading back toward the Gulf of Mexico, where forecasters say it's just going to kind of... hang out for a bit.

Overnight, Eta drenched South Florida, leaving isolated areas flooded, as the National Weather Service had forecasted. Northern Miami-Dade and parts of Broward County seem to have gotten the worst of it, with up to 16 inches of rain in certain areas. A flash flood warning is in effect until 9 p.m.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say Eta will move away from the Florida Keys and South Florida today. Then, it'll sort of just hover over the Gulf for a few days, finally starting to trudge north on Wednesday. In the meantime, there's an increased risk of flooding in South Florida because of the outer rain bands that'll keep things wet for the next few days.

Although no major damage has been reported, thousands of South Florida homes lost electricity overnight. As of this morning, at least 19,340 households in Miami-Dade and 8,490 in Broward are without power, according to Florida Power & Light.

Hurricane season officially ends November 30. But don't exhale just yet — forecasters are watching two systems in the Atlantic that could bring more "tropical" weather to Florida. Some storms just can't take a hint.
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Jessica Lipscomb is news editor of Miami New Times and an enthusiastic Florida Woman. Born and raised in Orlando, she has been a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
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