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: