City Staff is closely monitoring TROPICAL STORM ETA as it wobbles northwest toward the Florida Keys via updates from the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm’s current wind speed is 60 mph. The current NHC track places the storm effects nearing our area of Florida beginning tonight to very early on Monday. Winds and squalls are expected tonight through Monday. Eta then slows down/stalls over the southeast Gulf of Mexico from mid to late week.
The greatest threat for our area remains flooding rainfall. Remember, turn around, don't drown.
Brevard County is now under a Tropical Storm WARNING. Arrival of the strongest winds are predicted for late Sunday afternoon through Monday morning with a wind forecast of 25-35 mph, gusting 45-55 mph and up to 55 mph in some areas during the heaviest rain bands. Rainfall impact predictions have decreased to 1-2 inches with isolated totals nears 6 inches; with a threat of tornados. Marine hazards are expected with potential storm surge of 1-2 feet.
Please report downed power lines directly to FPL. Assume any line is dangerous.
It is important to remember not to focus on the exact forecast points within the track as effects from a tropical cyclone can be felt for tens or even hundreds of miles away from its center.
Some helpful general tips to be prepared this hurricane season include:
- Secure loose outdoor items
- Make sure to have enough supplies to last you and your family at least a week (don’t forget pets)
- Have a full tank of gas for your car and generator or charge up your electric vehicle before a storm approaches (www.plugshare.com/location/141764)
- Have a first aid and basic tool kit
- Be up to date on all needed medications
- Consider having a NOAA weather radio and follow the City on social media for updates
- Clear storm drains and debris from your gutters
- NEVER drive through flooded roadways or around barriers
- Have an evacuation plan if necessary
- Have face mask, gloves and hand sanitizer for all family members
The City will continue to post updates about Tropical Storm Eta throughout the weekend on its social media platforms and website to keep you as up to date as possible. For more info about hurricanes and the City of Cape Canaveral go to: