Briefing: Issued Thursday, November 5th, 2020:
Tropical Depression Eta
Eta Inland Over Central America. Eta has continued to weaken and become disorganized across Central America, and there’s the potential that there may no longer be a surface circulation. As of 3 AM CT, the National Hurricane Center said that center of circulation was located about 90 miles south of La Ceiba, Honduras, with sustained winds of 30 mph.
Tracking The Future Of Eta. Eta is expected to become a post-tropical low later today (if it hasn’t already happened). We should see whatever is left of the system move into the Gulf of Honduras and the northwestern Caribbean Sea as we head into Friday and move northeast over the next 2-4 days before eventually turning west or northwest. This track would bring Eta near or over portions of the Cayman Islands and western/central Cuba into the weekend. Only slow strengthening is expected to occur once it moves back over the northwestern Caribbean due to strong upper level winds and the broad nature of the system. As we head into early next week, the track could bring the system near or over portions of southern Florida and the Keys, but there is uncertainty as to what exactly will happen. However, facilities in the area should continue to watch this storm over the next several days.
Southern Florida Heavy Rain. What does appear to be likely is the potential of heavy rain through early next week across southern Florida, particularly across areas of coastal southeastern Florida. Through next Tuesday, areas like Miami and Fort Lauderdale could see at least 8-10” of rain, which could lead to flash flooding.
D.J. Kayser, Meteorologist.
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