With Florida in its path, Tropical Storm Eta expected to bring rain to Tampa Bay early next week

Eta is now the 12th hurricane and the 28th named storm of the year, which ties the 2005 season record for 28 named storms.

click to enlarge With Florida in its path, Tropical Storm Eta expected to bring rain to Tampa Bay early next week
Photo via NOAA


After causing at least 57 casualties this week in Central America as a Category 4 hurricane, Eta is expected to regain strength as it approaches South Florida this weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Eta, which rhymes with "beta," is currently a Tropical Depression with 35 mile per hour winds. As of now, the system is expected to strengthen and once again become a Tropical Storm as it moves away from Belize at a speed of 7 miles per hour towards Cuba, and eventually turning back west towards South Florida.

Though Tampa Bay is currently in the potential 4-5 day track, the storm is expected to mostly bring heavy rain to the region. Rain chances in Tampa will be between 30%-40% this weekend and will move to between 50%-60% early next week. South Florida is currently under a Flood Watch and could be upgraded to a Tropical Storm Watch soon.

Eta is now the 12th hurricane and the 28th named storm of the year, which ties the 2005 season record for 28 named storms.

click to enlarge With Florida in its path, Tropical Storm Eta expected to bring rain to Tampa Bay early next week
Photo via NHC


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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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