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Eta Update #2
November 7, 2020

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Tropical Storm
Eta Update #2

November 7, 2020

City of Cape Canaveral Community,

Due to Eta's approach, the City is providing Storm Alert Updates to ensure the community is as informed and prepared for inclement weather as possible. 

Stay safe!
Stephanie
 
Stephanie Johnson
Community Affairs Manager
(321) 868 - 1231 Office
(321) 423 - 0608 Cell
s.johnson@cityofcapecanaveral.org
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Tropical Storm Eta

City Staff is closely monitoring TROPICAL STORM ETA as it moves northeast over the Western Caribbean via updates from the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm’s current wind speed is 60 mph. The current NHC track places the storm nearing the southwest coast of Florida as a tropical storm on Sunday. From there the storm is expected to linger off Florida’s west coast, producing heavy rains and blustery conditions across much of the peninsula for multiple days.

Brevard County is now under a tropical storm watch. Arrival of the strongest winds are predicted for late Sunday afternoon through Monday morning with a wind forecast of 30-40 mph, gusting 50-60 mph during the heaviest showers. Rainfall of 3-5" with a threat of tornados is in the forecast. 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:

  • 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: 

map of central america and south US with hurricane path

Tropical What??

Potential Tropical Cyclone:
A term used in NWS advisory products to describe a disturbance that is not yet a tropical cyclone, but which poses the threat of bringing tropical storm or hurricane conditions to land areas within 48 hours.
 
Tropical Storm:
tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed (using the U.S. 1-minute average) ranges from 39 mph to 73 mph.

Tropical Storm Watch:
An announcement that sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph are possible within the specified area within 48 hours in association with a tropicalsubtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.

Tropical Storm Warning:
An announcement that sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours in association with a tropicalsubtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.

Reliable Information

As news stories about storms begin to proliferate through our phones, feeds and screens - please ensure you rely on dependable, official weather sources such as the National Hurricane Center or the local National Weather Service office in Melbourne for information regarding this and all future tropical systems.  Text BREVARDEOC to 888777 to sign up for alerts from the Brevard County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). To receive City emergency notifications text 32920 (zip code) to 888777. Brevard County Emergency Operations Center’s Twitter and Facebook account can be found through the following links:   For additional and more detailed info about hurricane preparedness and the City of Cape Canaveral please go to:

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