A State of Emergency is in effect in some parts of Florida as Tropical Storm Eta surges towards the Sunshine State. Eta is forecast to become a hurricane and bring dangerous weather conditions to nearly the entire State, prompting Officials to issue hurricane watches and warnings. Mike Jachles of the Florida Division of Emergency Management stating: “Our ground is so saturated in South Florida, that’s why everyone is taking these precautions.” The Sunshine State taking Eta seriously. Meteorologists say nearly the entire State may feel the storm’s effect over the next few days. The storm is forecast to cross through Cuba and become a hurricane sometime Monday and head toward Southern Florida and the Keys.
Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez of Miami-Dade County saying: “Backup from Texas has also been called in so they’re positioning additional resources into the area ahead of the storm’s full impact.” Eta’s path is still unclear, but Meteorologists are certain it will bring heavy rainfall, strong winds, rip currents, and dangerous storm surge over the next 48 hours. Mayor Francis Suarez of Miami, FL saying: “Rainfall through Tuesday morning could be 8 to 10 inches with locally higher amounts possible.”
Eta would be the first named storm to make landfall this year in Florida. On Sunday, people in South Florida prepared for the possibility of severe storms with tornadoes and waterspouts. Tomeka Kemp, who we found setting up sandbags says: “Hope we don’t get flooded out because the last hurricane that we got we got we got completely flooded.”