South Florida is now in the cone of Hurricane Eta

The storm is forecasted to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it potentially reaches the state.
Hurricane Eta is forecasted to reach South Florida on Sunday.
Hurricane Eta is forecasted to reach South Florida on Sunday. [ Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center ]
Published Nov. 3, 2020|Updated Nov. 4, 2020

The National Hurricane Center issued an update on Hurricane Eta Tuesday that puts Florida in the cone of uncertainty.

The hurricane center’s Tuesday afternoon update had the storm potentially reaching South Florida as a tropical storm on Sunday.

Related: Wednesday update: Forecast cone for Tropical Storm Eta takes in most of Florida peninsula

Eta made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 storm and was traveling west, away from Florida, at 5 mph with sustained winds of 140 mph, according to the hurricane center.

It is expected to continue through Honduras before traveling up the coast of Belize and then cutting northeast across Cuba to South Florida. The storm could then travel up the state to Tampa Bay.

“At this time we don’t expect anything stronger than a sub-tropical storm which could bring our rain chances up,” said Bay News 9 Chief Meteorologist Mike Clay. “This is a complicated forecast and any little change now could bring big changes in impacts on Florida.”

It was unclear Tuesday if will Eta move into the Gulf of Mexico or remain east over the Atlantic.

The mountains of Central America could weaken Eta to a tropical storm or even depression by as soon as Wednesday. Traveling across the Caribbean Sea, Eta could strengthen again before it reaches Florida, most likely as a hybrid or sub-tropical storm.

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