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.
Good Morning Edgewater, please be careful with floods between Biscayne Blvd. and N.Bayshore Dr. 15 st. To 23 st. #SafetyFirst #StayHome @MajorFrankF @MoralesMiamiPD @Jcolina67 @CityofMiami @BNAedgewater @kenrussellmiami @miamiparks @NWS pic.twitter.com/dC0ip3t2wC— Freddie Cruz (@FreddieCruz16) November 9, 2020
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.
Because 2020 absolutely refuses to stop, we've got more blobs to watch. The one in the Atlantic is nbd at this time, but it could strengthen into Theta and break 2005's record for named storms. The Caribbean one (Iota??) is worth keeping an eye on https://t.co/L0OwQjlTAL pic.twitter.com/atAcU3tYqn— Alex Harris (@harrisalexc) November 9, 2020
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