The Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management is monitoring Tropical Storm Eta in the western Caribbean Sea, approximately 135 miles NNE of Managua, Nicaragua.
Current location: 13.9N / 85.2W (Approximately 840 miles SSW of Miami-Dade County)
Maximum Sustained Wind Speed: 50 MPH
Potential for further development or weakening: Tropical Storm Eta is expected to move over northern Nicaragua through early this afternoon, and then move across the central portions of Honduras through Thursday morning. The system is forecast to emerge over the Gulf of Honduras or the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night and Friday. Re-development is expected once the center is over the water. However, interaction with the a trough could result in a structure that is more subtropical with winds extending far and asymmetrically from the actual center of the system.
Potential Impact for Miami-Dade County: There is a very high level of uncertainty regarding specific timing and magnitude but the chances of wind and rain impacts has increased for late this week into this weekend from Eta. While uncertainty remains, flooding is possible for the east coast metro areas based on the latest forecast information. Rainfall amounts from now through Monday could range between 8-10” with heaviest accumulation on Saturday. The strongest potential for sustained tropical storm force winds at this time is Saturday night into Sunday.
Current Miami-Dade County Actions: Monitoring
Current related watches and warnings for Miami-Dade County: Miami-Dade County is within the 5 Day Cone. Although high uncertainty remains in the forecast a Flood and/or Tropical Storm Watch could be issued as early as Friday.