|According to ABC-7 news, Eta is now moving back over the warm waters of the Florida Straits. As of the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center, Eta’s winds have increased back to 65 mph. It is moving to the north at 14 mph.
Eta is forecast to make a hard turn to the west today, missing our coastline to the south. The most recent cone forecast is that Eta is expected to become a hurricane as it moves across the Keys tonight into early Monday morning. While we anticipate the center of the storm will stay south of our area, the worst of the weather with Eta will be on the northern and eastern side of the storm. This means that we expect a long stretch of gusty winds and heavy rain starting tonight and lasting through much of Monday.
As of this afternoon, the National Weather Service has issued a Storm Surge Watch and Hurricane Watch which are in effect for areas including Pelican Bay.
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 24 hours.
While the Pelican Bay Foundation has been monitoring Tropical Storm Eta and has made necessary preparations for severe weather conditions, we have made the determination to close all Foundation facilities on Monday, November 9, 2020.
We will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the next day and will notify the community once it is safe for both members and staff to reopen our facilities.
Please continue to monitor the Foundation web site, e-newsletters, the mobile app and the digital reader boards for updates.
Collier County issues warnings as Tropical Storm Eta approaches
The Collier County Bureau of Emergency Management asks residents to be patient and take the following precautions as Tropical Strom Eta approaches the Southwest Florida coast.
* No evacuations are planned at this time.
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