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  

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.
* No shelters or special needs shelters are planned to be opened at this time.
* Shelter in place, stay off roads, expect periods of heavy rain this evening, and potential for tropical storm force gusts after midnight and through Monday afternoon.
* Expect intermittent power outages.
* Use battery-powered flashlights, don’t use candles.
* Charge your cell phone.
* If you run a portable generator, conditions for outside use must be dry, at least 15 feet away from your home.
* Connect appliances directly to the generator and follow all directions in the owner’s manual.
* Operating a generator in a garage or lanai can kill you from carbon monoxide fumes.
* Continue to monitor radio, television, NOAA weather radio for updates.
* Tornadoes can always be a potential threat during unstable weather conditions.
* Ensure you are registered with Alert Collier for feeds from the National Weather Service or other emergency information from Collier County.
* Secure any loose objects around your yard, outdoor patio, etc.
* Do not conduct any tree trimming operations currently due to windy conditions and the extremely high risk around windblown power lines.
* Remember to treat any downed power lines as energized and extremely dangerous. Call 911 if you see down or sparking powerlines.
* Report your residential power outages directly to FP&L at 800-468-8243 or LCEC at 800-599-2356.
* Do not call 911 for general information. 911 is only for emergency life safety response. Dialing 911 for non-emergency information delays operators from attending to life safety emergency calls.
* Call 311 for all non-emergency government service requests within Collier County or dial (239) 252-8999 outside of Collier County during regular business hours.
* Do not drive through flooded roadways that you cannot see the painted lines on the road. Don’t drown, turn-around.
* Allow for extra drive time and time to assess travel conditions Monday morning.

Additional information can also be found at or social media channels, including Facebook and www.twitter.comCollierPIO.