Eta Producing Heavy Rains And Life-Threatening Flooding Over Portions Of Central America
Jamaica: An additional 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125 mm), isolated maximum storm totals of 15 inches (380 mm). The Cayman Islands into portions of Cuba: 10 to 20 inches (255 to 510 mm), isolated maximum totals of 30 inches (760 mm). This rainfall will lead to catastrophic, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain of Central America. Significant, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding is possible in the Cayman Islands and Cuba. SURF: Swells generated by Eta are expected to affect portions of the coast of Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico during the next couple of days.
Tropical Tracker: Iota keeps record-breaking category 5 streak alive, season slowing down?
ORLANDO, Fla. – The 2020 hurricane season rages on with no signs of slowing down as we approach the official end in 11 days. Iota slammed into Nicaragua as a strong category 4 hurricane just two weeks after Eta, also a category 4 hurricane devastated the country. Iota continued the already record-breaking streak of consecutive seasons with at least one category 5 hurricane. With Iota becoming a category 5 hurricane, the record has been extended to five straight seasons with a category 5 storm. Hurricane season officially runs through Nov. 30, but the season could linger into December much like it did in 2005.
Hungry manatee munches on flooded Florida yard
FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. – While the extra rain and flooding Tropical Storm Eta brought to the state has many Floridians irked, the wildlife is absolutely loving it. The caption from the footage blames high tide and Tropical Storm Eta for the water woes. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said tropical storms, hurricanes and other wild weather can pose some problems for manatees. “Manatees can become stranded or trapped during and after a hurricane or tropical storm. Anyone who encounters a stranded, trapped, injured or dead manatee can call FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.
Iota strengthens into 13th hurricane of the season
ORLANDO, Fla. – Early Sunday morning, Iota strengthened into a hurricane in the Caribbean becoming the 13th hurricane of the extremely busy Atlantic hurricane season. The record for most hurricanes in one season is 15, which was set in 2005 -- the only other season to have more than 12 hurricanes. As of the 7 a.m. advisory, Iota is an 85 mph storm moving west at 6 mph. The storm is expected to hit some of the same areas devastated by Hurricane Eta. Iota is the 30th named storm of the record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season.
Garbage, duck feces and continued water woes for flooded South Florida
MIRAMAR, Fla. – Nearly a week after Tropical Storm Eta soaked South Florida, many communities are still dealing with flooding issues, News 6 partner Local 10 reported. In the Country Club Ranches community in Miramar, neighbors desperately pump water out of their flooded yards, into already overflowing canals. Some say they’ve been flooded in since last weekend, and it’s been a headache trying to get anything done about this mess. The duck feces is in the water, and we have to walk through that,” Miami-Dade resident Colette Saunders said. “Who knows what’s in the water,” resident Kareen LeCorps said.
Entrapped manatees rescued in Merritt Island after Tropical Storm Eta
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – A pair of manatees that got stuck in culverts after Tropical Storm Eta brought rain to the area have since been rescued and are now being monitored. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said higher than usual water levels caused the two adult sea cows to get stuck in culverts at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. “Manatees can become stranded or trapped during and after a hurricane or tropical storm. Manatees stranded by storms may need medical attention by wildlife experts,” the wildlife agency wrote in a Facebook post. Anyone who encounters a stranded, trapped, injured or dead manatee can call FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.
Sunshine dominates Saturday after foggy start
ORLANDO, Fla. – Be on the lookout early for thick fog, especially northwest of Interstate 4. Sunshine takes over through the second half of the morning and dominates for most of Central Florida through Saturday afternoon. By Tuesday morning, most of Central Florida will wake up to temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Beach forecast:Beach forecastClouds will have a chance to linger along the coast, especially early. Theta and Iota remain in the Atlantic and further development is possible in the Caribbean next week.
250,000 space fans expected to drive near Cape for astronaut launch
It’s unclear if the 24-hour delay will impact how many space fans are expected to drive from out of town to watch the historic launch. Cranis said the first SpaceX human space launch generated $27 million to $28 million in economic impact in Brevard — a welcome boost during the coronavirus-triggered recession. “Alternate routes include State Road 520, U.S. 1, State Road 50 and State Road 46,” Ottaviano said. “Be alert on Interstate 95 for potential slow-downs or back-ups, especially approaching off-ramps throughout Brevard County. Updates will also be issued on the Brevard County Emergency Management Twitter page and Facebook page.
TD 31 strengthens into Tropical Storm Iota in Caribbean
ORLANDO, Fla. – Just as the remnants of Eta finally blew out to sea on Friday, Tropical Storm Iota could follow its path of death and destruction into Central America this weekend, and Tropical Storm Theta was moving closer to Europe. Iota is not expected to turn north toward Florida like its predecessor. Here is the 4 a.m. advisory and forecast track from the National Hurricane Center. For more head to https://t.co/El9j1kWdef pic.twitter.com/m7LzET5ZuP — Samara Cokinos (@CokinosSamaraWx) November 14, 2020The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Eta’s remnants would pick up forward speed in the next day or so as it pulls away from the Southeast seaboard. Latest models released on Tropical Storm Iota (WKMG)Earlier, firefighters in Tampa had to rescue around a dozen people who got stuck in storm surge flooding on a boulevard adjacent to the bay.
Do you see what I see? Nice weekend, cooldown coming
ORLANDO, Fla. – Now that Eta has pulled away from Florida, we can expect a great weekend of weather. Expect highs in the mid- to upper 80s in the Orlando area through the weekend. Meanwhile, Theta is still a tropical storm just south of the Azores, with 60 mph winds as it moves east at 12 mph. Elsewhere, a tropical wave located over the central Caribbean Sea continues to produce a large area of showers and thunderstorms. The National Hurricane Center says there’s a 90% chance of tropical development over the next two days.
Hurricane Center: An Iota could follow Eta’s deadly path
Hurricane experts were closely watching the Caribbean, where Tropical Storm Iota formed Friday afternoon. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Iota could bring dangerous wind, storm surge and as much as 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rainfall to northern Nicaragua and Honduras. The storm was located about 350 miles (560 kilometers) south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph). Iota is a record-setting 30th named storm of this year’s extraordinarily busy Atlantic hurricane season. I want to be back on the water, (my dog) wants to be back on the water.”Eta was the 28th named storm of this year's hurricane season, tying the 2005 record for named storms.
Deputies arrest Daytona Beach man linked to 2 drive-by shootings
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A Daytona Beach man linked to two drive-by shootings was arrested on Thursday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. [TRENDING: Eta floods Florida | Romaine calm: Florida man arrested after lettuce tirade | DeSantis accused of wanting herd immunity]The Sheriff’s Office said Kamara Elliott was arrested in the Daytona Beach area and was taken into custody without incident. “We think he and a group of people from Daytona Beach came over here on two separate occasions and we believe, opened up on innocent people,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. [RELATED: Teen, 46-year-old man shot in drive-by near DeLand]This case is being investigated as a homicide, according to deputies. Detectives said in another incident a 17-year-old man and 46-year-old man were shot on South Delaware Avenue.
Disney World plans to increase capacity to 35%
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Disney CEO Bob Chapek told investors they are seeing high demand and strong attendance at the parks in Orlando. [RELATED: Disney posts 4Q loss as parks business, costs drag results]Additionally, Thursday was the release of Disney’s fourth quarter and full fiscal year earnings. Disney’s quarter four revenues were over 14.7 billion, that’s down 23 percent from last year. The report shows Disney’s fiscal year revenue was 65.3 billion, down about 6 percent from last year. If you take a look at Disney’s parks, experiences, and products, the number is down 61 percent in quarter four and down 37 percent for the fiscal year.
This 9-year-old girl is turning her love of arts and crafts into an inspirational movement
Tori Taylor loves arts and crafts. The 9-year-old girl has boxes of markers, clay, paper and popsicle sticks. Taylor is the founder of Sun Stori motivational bracelets and she’s donated hundreds of her handmade pieces to local hospitals, charities and nonprofits. Tori said she hopes to inspire other children to join her and create bracelets for their communities. If you would like to support Tori or purchase your own Sun Stori bracelet, she has an Etsy store.
SpaceX, NASA eye Crew-1 launch weather after successful dress rehearsal, static fire
[RELATED: These 14 weather conditions would prevent SpaceX from launching the Falcon 9, Crew Dragon]NASA and SpaceX are closely watching the weather. “Teams will continue monitoring weather conditions for liftoff and along the flight path,” SpaceX said in a tweet. Ahead of Saturday’s launch, SpaceX performed a static test fire of their Falcon 9 rocket giving viewers a preview of what’s to come next. SpaceX, NASA moving ahead with #Crew1 launch plans for Saturday. Today, @Astro_illini, @AstroVicGlover, Shannon Walker and @Astro_Soichi participated in a countdown dress rehearsal of launch day events.
TRACK, RADAR, MORE: Tropical Storm Eta makes landfall near Cedar Key
ORLANDO, Fla. – Tropical Storm Eta dumped torrents of blustery rain on Florida’s west coast as it moved over the state after making landfall north of the heavily populated Tampa Bay area Thursday morning. The storm slogged ashore near Cedar Key, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Several tornado warnings were issued near Tampa, but there were no reports of one touching down. On Thursday morning, much of the Tampa Bay area was under a storm surge warning. The storm forced officials to close some lanes on two of the three bridges that cross Tampa Bay, connecting the St. Petersburg area to Tampa, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Tropical Tracker: November putting on its best September impression
Prior to Eta, Florida had escaped an official landfall from a tropical system in 2020. Post Eta, Florida has seen two landfalls, both by the same storm. Eta will continue to pull away from Central Florida, but gusty winds will continue through early Friday. Theta became the 29th named storm of the season surpassing 28 named storms in 2005. Regardless hurricane season is not over and there is likely to be even more activity in the Atlantic, possibly carrying into December, after the official end to the season Nov. 30.
Hello Kitty Café Truck coming to Florida Mall in December
Just in time to do some holiday shopping, the Hello Kitty Café Truck will be in Orlando. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 12 as the truck will be parked outside the Crayola Experience at the Florida Mall from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Customers should wear masks and practice social distancing while enjoying the Hello Kitty Café Truck. [TRENDING: Eta floods Florida | Romaine calm: Florida man arrested after lettuce tirade | DeSantis accused of wanting herd immunity]There are several Hello Kitty Café Trucks that take the same café experience on the road for Hello Kitty fans. It offers sweet treats, drinks and merchandise representative of Sanrio friends. To learn more about the event, click or tap here.
33 rescued as Tropical Storm Eta floods parts of Florida
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – Boats and Humvees were used to rescue 33 people in Pinellas County as Tropical Storm Eta drenched Florida, sheriff’s officials said. Eta brought high winds, high tides and flooding across Pinellas County, especially in the Pass-a-Grille area in south St. Pete Beach and north to Madeira Beach. [TRENDING: Eta floods Florida | Romaine calm: Florida man arrested after lettuce tirade | DeSantis accused of wanting herd immunity]The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that deputies rescued nearly three dozen people from homes and roadways. Sheriff’s officials also said deputies used chainsaws to remove fallen trees and branches from roads. Officials said Eta caused one death in Florida when a victim was electrocuted after water got into their Bradenton home.
2020-themed ‘dumpster fire’ items bring laughter to rough year
From the pandemic to politics, to hurricanes, 2020 has been a rough year for a lot of us. Some wouldn’t say it’s been a complete dumpster fire, but it’s been close. Now you can commemorate the sentiment with dumpster fire toys and Christmas tree ornaments. Each ornament comes with a note saying they hope it brings the owner laughter. We checked, and they’re being sold for about 19 dollars a piece.
Central Florida forecast: What’s next after rain from Eta?
ORLANDO, Fla. – Bands from Tropical Storm Eta moved inland across Central Florida on Thursday. There were pockets of moderate to heavy rain for the morning commute, but the rain will gradually shut off by the afternoon. [RELATED: TRACK, MODELS, MORE: Tropical Storm Eta prompts warnings in Central Florida]The severe weather threat with Eta is no longer a concern. [RELATED: PHOTOS, VIDEOS: Florida sees flooding as Tropical Storm Eta inches closer]Winds will shift out of the west as Eta lifts north and east of Central Florida. Wind gustsBehind Eta, rain chances drop considerably to close out the work week and to start the weekend.
TRACK, MODELS, MORE: Tropical Storm Eta prompts warnings in Central Florida
Several Central Florida counties are under tropical storm warnings. The system now has a 90% chance of becoming the 30th named storm. Never before have three named storms been twirling at the same time this late in the year, Klotzbach said. The overall message is that everyone in the area should pay attention to Eta, Brennan said. And if you think when hurricane season formally ends on Nov. 30, this will all stop, that’s not necessarily the case.
Tropical Storm Eta races off Carolinas after soaking Florida
One death in Florida was linked to the storm, along with some scattered flooding and forecasters said the tropical storm was on a path offshore of South Carolina that would eventually take it further out to sea. That came amid a combination of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico being carried up by a cold front that had pushed Eta across Florida earlier. Earlier Thursday, Eta was in the Gulf of Mexico when it slogged ashore near Cedar Key, Florida. Before that first brush with Florida, Eta first hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane and killed at least 120 people in Central America and Mexico, with scores more missing. A 29th named system, Tropical Storm Theta, was centered late Thursday about 440 miles (705 kilometers) south of the Azores and moving east.
PHOTOS, VIDEOS: Tropical Storm Eta floods parts of Florida
Tropical Storm Eta made landfall early Thursday near Cedar Key, dumping torrents of rain and causing flooding in parts of Florida’s west coast. Residents can expect 25 to 30 mph sustained winds in the northwest part of Volusia County, while the rest could see 15 to 20 mph winds. Video: Flooding in Volusia leads to road closuresBeach erosion and 1 to 3 inches of rain are also possible along Central Florida’s east coast. Residents clear debris from a flooded street in the Driftwood Acres Mobile Home Park, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Davie, Fla. Tropical Storm Eta was squatting off western Cuba on Tuesday after drifting away from South Florida, where it unleashed a deluge that flooded entire neighborhoods and covered the floors of some homes and businesses.
Courts close across Florida as state braces for Tropical Storm Eta’s impact
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Volusia and Flagler counties are two of many across Florida closing courts Thursday to contend with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta. The Fourth Judicial Circuit, which includes Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns, will close courts on Thursday with plans to reopen them on Friday once the storm made its way out of the state. [TRENDING: What’s the ‘dirty side’ of a storm? | CDC gives guidance on Thanksgiving | Astronauts prepare for Saturday launch]The Florida Supreme Court posted information on its website about more than a dozen storm-related trial court closures across the state this week. Those details are copied and pasted verbatim below:
Lake County residents stock up on supplies ahead of Tropical Storm Eta
MOUNT DORA, Fla. – The late turn of Tropical Storm Eta back toward Central Florida is giving people less time to get their homes and families prepared for the storm. | CDC gives guidance on Thanksgiving | Astronauts prepare for Saturday launch]“We’ve had a lot of people come in and they’re filling propane right now, they’re getting tarps,” Carter said. [LIVE: Eta briefings from News 6 weather team]Carter said they have been busy all day helping customers get ready for the storm. The county is offering free sandbags to residents in Astor near Lake County Fire State #10 at 23023 State Road 40. “Everyone is getting ready for flooding.
TIMELINE: Here’s when you can expect to feel Eta’s impacts
Several Central Florida counties are already under tropical storm warnings and watches. (WMKG)A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 24 hours. ETA LANDFALL: Likely near Marion county by noon tomorrow. Eta's impact on interior portions of Central Florida. (WKMG)After making landfall, Eta is expected to move northeastward into the western Atlantic late Thursday or early Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Here’s how Sumter County is preparing for Tropical Storm Eta
SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. – Emergency Management officials are monitoring the path of Eta as the storm is projected to bring tropical storm conditions to Sumter County on Thursday. As the storm moved closer to the area on Wednesday, landscape crews removed debris along roads surrounding The Villages retirement community. Forecasters expect tropical storm force winds and flooding rain to hit the area as the system moves over the peninsula of Florida Thursday. As a precaution, residents are asked to monitor the progress of the storm and have weather radios on alert. Anyone living in Sumter County is urges to sign up for emergency alerts at sumtercountyfl.gov.
These Central Florida schools are closed due to Eta
OCALA, Fla. – Several Central Florida school districts have canceled classes because of potential impacts from Tropical Storm Eta. The Sumter County School District said its schools will be closed Thursday but classes will resume Friday. UCF is monitoring Tropical Storm #Eta and its possible impacts in Central Florida, which could begin on Thursday morning. — UCF 😷 (@UCF) November 11, 2020Classes at the University of Florida were canceled Thursday and the campus will be closed, according to the university. UF Alert UF classes canceled, campus offices closed Thursday, Nov. 12 because of TS Eta.
Tropical Storm Eta shuts down some COVID-19 testing sites in Central Florida
All rights reserved)ORLANDO, Fla. – In less than 24 hours, Eta went from hurricane back to a tropical storm, with its projected path pointing back toward Florida. State officials are now making adjustments to coronavirus testing sites as they brace for Eta’s impacts. State leaders have dubbed the storm “Erratic Eta” for its unpredictability as it prompted watches and warnings across portions of Central Florida. Department of Health Lake-Clermont siteDue to the potential storm impacts from Eta, DOH-Lake Clermont COVID-19 testing site announced will be closed Thursday. The testing site is scheduled to reopen Friday at 9 a.m.For more information on state-supported testing sites, click here.
SunRail suspends services due to Eta
ORLANDO, Fla. – SunRail is suspending all services due to Tropical Storm Eta, which is expected to make landfall in Florida early Thursday. For service updates please follow us on Facebook/Twitter @RideSunRail, or the SunRail app. pic.twitter.com/Kbg3Tov0h5 — SunRail (@RideSunRail) November 11, 2020Computer models show Eta making landfall Thursday north of Tampa and tracking across the state, near Jacksonville. Eta is expected to bring tropical downpours, gusty winds and the threat of tornadoes to Central Florida Wednesday night into Thursday. [TIMELINE: Here’s when you can expect to feel Eta’s impacts]School and COVID-19 testing site closures have also been announced in some Central Florida counties.
Eta’s impacts to close New Smyrna Beach City Gym coronavirus testing site
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – New Smyrna Beach City officials are shutting down a local coronavirus testing site, ahead of Tropical Storm Eta’s landfall. The City Gym test site at 1000 Live Oak St. will be closed Thursday due to forecast impacts from the storm, according to a tweet from the city. The @FLSERT COVID-19 testing site in the City Gym at 1000 Live Oak St. will close Thursday, Nov. 12 due to forecast impacts from Tropical Storm Eta and reopen Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 a.m.For the latest updates on state-supported testing sites, visit https://t.co/ICyugZJsT2 https://t.co/Es59kt2zCS — City of New Smyrna Beach (@CityofNSB) November 11, 2020Eta is expected to make landfall along the west coast of Florida, with Central Florida feeling impacts of the storm Wednesday evening. For more information on state-supported testing sites, click here. Download WKMG’s Hurricane Tracker App on Apple apps here.
Tropical Storm Eta closes blood banks in parts of Florida, donations still needed
ORLANDO, Fla. – Due to Tropical Storm Eta, previously a hurricane, many nonprofit blood banks in Florida and along the southeastern U.S. will suspect operations. OneBlood is encouraging donors in those areas to make a donation that will help areas impacted by the storm. | CDC gives guidance on Thanksgiving | Astronauts prepare for Saturday launch]“The need for blood is now and it is ongoing. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to indefinitely disrupt blood collections and the impact from the hurricane is further compounding the situation. To find a OneBlood location or Big Red Bus blood drive and to schedule an appointment, please visit www.oneblood.org.
WATCH LIVE: Eta briefings from News 6 weather team
ORLANDO, Fla. – With Eta projected to impact Central Florida, News 6 wants to keep you as informed as possible. A News 6 meteorologist on Wednesday will provide a weather update in the video player above. [SIGN UP TO BE A PINPOINT WEATHER INSIDER: Subscribe to our newsletter]Computer models show Eta making landfall Thursday north of Tampa and tracking across the state, near Jacksonville. Several Central Florida counties are under tropical storm warnings and watches. Thanks for visiting ClickOrlando.com, and stay safe!
LIVE RADAR: Eta lashes Central Florida with rain
ORLANDO, Fla. – All eyes are on Eta, which has weakened from hurricane status back to a tropical storm before its expected landfall Thursday north of Tampa. Tropical storm force-winds greater than 40-50 mph will push through on Thursday. Rain chances increase to 80% on Thursday. Rain chances decrease as the system pushes up and away by the weekend, with highs in the upper 80s on Saturday. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect until Nov 14 4:31AM for the following shaded counties: Lake #flwx #news6 pic.twitter.com/aA6EnfN3YV — News 6 WKMG (@news6wkmg) November 11, 2020
TRACK, MODELS, RADAR: Tropical Storm Eta shifts east, Central Florida back in play
ORLANDO, Fla. – ***10:54 p.m. Nov. 10, 2020***The Tuesday 10 P.M. update has the track of Tropical Storm Eta making Landfall in Florida sometime on Thursday afternoon. People who live there should make plans to be ready for Tropical Storm winds of 35 to 55 mph, some gust may be much stronger. Latest track of Tropical Storm Eta released. (WKMG)Forecasters predicted more heavy rainfall Tuesday in Cuba and in South Florida, where as much as 23 inches were expected to accumulate. Tropical Storm Eta was squatting off western Cuba on Tuesday after drifting away from South Florida, where it unleashed a deluge that flooded entire neighborhoods and covered the floors of some homes and businesses.
Seminole County officials discuss rise in COVID-19 cases
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Seminole County officials are expected to give an update on the county’s coronavirus situation during a news conference Tuesday. Seminole County health officials have recently reported a spike in new coronavirus cases. Last week, Seminole County Medical Director Dr. Todd Husty said the weekly average for single day COVID-19 cases was 65, up from about 20 just a month before. On Monday, Seminole County reported 66 new cases. Seminole County has reported more than 11,000 positive cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
Seminole County commissioners approve funds for Central Florida Zoo
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Seminole County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved thousands of dollars in tourist development tax money for funding and maintenance of the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. | Shaq’s mansion discounted by $3M]The attraction has been struggling ever since the pandemic began, which led to low attendance and a loss in revenue. During the summer, zoo officials applied for Emergency Operating Funds and applied for an additional $300,000 to recover the money they lost during the shutdown. Zoo CEO Dino Ferri says the facility started its There Is No Zoo Without You fundraising campaign to help keep operations afloat. Our efforts today will ensure the Zoo will be enjoyed by all for years to come," he said in a news release.
Shaq’s Isleworth mansion discounted by $3 million. Here’s how much it’s going to cost you
ORLANDO, Fla. – For the second time in two months, an Orlando sports legend’s sprawling home has become a little more affordable. Shaquille O’Neal’s Isleworth mansion can now be had for a reduced price. Full Screen 1 / 65 NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has listed his Isleworth estate at 9927 Giffin Court for $28 million. (Photo: Uneek)Shaq first put the 31,000-square-foot home on the market in 2018 for $28 million. The mansion features 12 bedrooms, a theater, 6,000-square-foot indoor basketball court and a massive 95-foot-long pool overlooking Lake Butler.
Final weeks of historic hurricane season bring new storms
Tropical Storm Eta is parked off the western coast of Cuba, dumping rain. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Theta — which formed overnight and broke a record as the 29th named Atlantic storm of the season — is chugging east toward Europe on the cusp of hurricane status. The system now has a 70% chance of becoming the 30th named storm. Never before have three named storms been twirling at the same time this late in the year, Klotzbach said. The overall message is that everyone in the area should pay attention to Eta, Brennan said.
Orange County comptroller sees signs of hope after September hotel stays bring in $7 million
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County’s comptroller, Phil Diamond, said the tourist development tax dollars from hotel and resort stays around the county continue to go up after the initial plunge this spring due to coronavirus closures. Diamond announced Monday the September numbers further the trend of increasing collections every month since April. He said the county brought in TDT collections totaling more than $7 million for the month of September. [TRENDING: Eta drenches Florida | 2 killed in Orange County crash | Biden names COVID-19 task force]Diamond said that’s a 60% decrease from the same time last year but he added, in looking at the numbers, there are signs of hope. When you compare September, which is just over $7 million, to the more than $5.7 million in TDT dollars in August of 2020, that’s an increase of over 22%.
Flooding closes Volusia County road as Tropical Storm Eta hovers near Florida
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – An area of North Beach Street in Volusia County is closed Monday due to flooding, according to a news release. The Volusia County Road and Bridge Division announced the emergency road closure of North Beach Street from Inglesa Avenue to Pine Tree Drive in Ormond Beach as Tropical Storm Eta remained off Florida’s coast. [TRENDING: Eta drenches Florida | 2 killed in Orange County crash | Biden names COVID-19 task force]“Extreme tidal conditions have resulted in elevated water levels, causing the road to become inundated with water,” officials said in the release. [COUNTY-BY-COUNTY: Here’s how Eta will impact Central Florida]Residents of areas along Central Florida’s coast can expect to feel more of Eta’s impacts throughout the day. According to News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges, gusty winds, flooding and beach erosion are all possible along Central Florida’s coast.
Here’s how Eta will impact Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – ***10:25 p.m. Nov. 9 update***The impacts of Tropical Storm Eta for the Central Florida area are starting to lessen. ***Original***Tropical Storm Eta is churning in the Gulf of Mexico, bringing big changes to Central Florida’s forecast. Central Florida is already feeling the impacts of Eta, particularly along its coastal counties. (WKMG)In the meantime, Central Florida is already feeling the impacts of Eta, particularly along its coastal counties. Central impactsIn interior portions of Central Florida, residents should stay weather aware as tornadoes are possible, according to Bridges.
Kissimmee police looking for van involved in deadly hit-and-run crash
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Kissimmee police are searching for the vehicle and driver who fatally struck a person on South John Young Parkway Sunday and left the scene. [TRENDING: Eta drenches Florida | 2 killed in Orange County crash | Biden names COVID-19 task force]Police said the crash happened at South John Young Parkway and Emmett Street at 7:33 p.m. Authorities say the Ford Transit Connect Van involved will have heavy damage to the front portion of the vehicle and will be missing the lower portion of the grill. Anyone who has information about the vehicle or the crash is asked to contact the Kissimmee Police Department or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
TRACK, MODELS, SATELLITE, RADAR: Eta moves farther west
Here is the 10 p.m. advisory and forecast track on #Eta from the National Hurricane Center. pic.twitter.com/Ee7VkyYzkS — Samara Cokinos (@CokinosSamaraWx) November 10, 2020According to the National Hurricane Center, as of 7 p.m. Monday, Eta was 155 miles west-southwest of the Dry Tortugas. In fact, the latest track for Eta shows the system being downgraded before reaching landfall again. The impacts of Tropical Storm Eta for the Central Florida area are starting to lessen. Latest track of Eta released.
‘From our family to yours:’ Stuffed Mickey tugs at your heartstrings in Disney Christmas advert
The company packs all the holiday sentiment in its new Christmas advert that of course tugs at the heartstrings. The animated tale begins in 1940 with a little girl named Lola who was given a stuffed Mickey Mouse plushie as a Christmas gift. Fast forward to 2005 and Lola is a grandmother and even decades later, she still has her beloved stuffed Mickey. [WATCH BELOW: 2020 Disney Christmas Advert]Lola wakes up on Christmas day to annual holiday decorations that take her back to her childhood and her granddaughter’s Christmas gift -- a mended Mickey, almost as good as new. Additionally, the vintage Mickey Mouse toy in the advert is also available to purchase either at the Disney Store or via the online shop.
Wrong AGAIN?! 🤦🏻♀️
Well, I have some news for you: We were wrong again. And Central Florida is dealing with Eta’s impacts as we speak. In the meantime, Central Florida is already feeling Eta’s impacts, especially along the coast. As you know, Biden will be taking over during a very tough time in our nation, largely in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In better coronavirus-related news, there are now more rapid testing opportunities in Central Florida.
Here’s how Eta is impacting Brevard County
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Residents in Brevard County are seeing an impact from Tropical Storm Eta after the storm made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday. Over the weekend, the county was placed under a tropical storm warning and Brevard Public Schools announced all schools and district offices would be closed on Monday. We might have some limbs down, but I don’t think that we’ll see any flooding or have any major damage.”Early Monday, many areas in Brevard County saw sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph and tropical-storm force gusts. County officials said the greatest threat from Eta was expected to be flooding rainfall, showers and squalls. “You can’t be crazy and go jump in that water and swim now.”Officials said residents should be prepared for worsening conditions along the coast, which could change depending on the track of Tropical Storm Eta.
Tropical Storm Eta brings rain, gusty winds to Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – All eyes are on Tropical Storm Eta. In Central Florida, we are seeing rain and strong wind gusts. There is a tropical storm warning in effect for Volusia and Brevard counties. Rain chances will be up to 80% on Monday and 50% on Tuesday and Wednesday in Central Florida. Rain chances will stay at around 50% on Thursday, with tropical storm conditions possible for Central Florida Thursday night into Friday.
Track vs. computer models: Where’s Eta headed?
In Central Florida, Brevard County, closed schools Monday as outer bands could lash the area with drenching rains. Everyone wants to know where Eta is headed in the coming days, but the official track and the latest computer models differ on the storm’s path. This track will likely shift West if the models continue to move ETA West (farther into the Gulf). News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said the official track is based, in part, on the models, so changes to the track could be on the way. pic.twitter.com/eESxtnv8kK — Troy Bridges (@TroyNews6) November 9, 2020In the video player below, check the track, models, satellite, radar and more.
Florida feels wrath of Tropical Storm Eta
Elsewhere, forecasters announced that Subtropical Storm Theta, a record-breaking 29th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, had formed far out in the northeast Atlantic by late Monday night. “Never seen this, never, not this deep,” said Anthony Lyas, who has lived in his now-waterlogged Fort Lauderdale neighborhood since 1996. It was the 28th named storm of a busy Atlantic hurricane season, tying the 2005 record for named storms. Eta was not done yet with Cuba, just 90 miles (140 kilometers) south of Florida, where the storm continued to swell rivers and flood coastal zones. ___Associated Press writers Cody Jackson in Fort Lauderdale, Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg, and Haleluya Hadero in Atlanta contributed to this report.
National Hurricane Center director breaks down Tropical Storm Eta
ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 meteorologist Jonathan Kegges spoke with the director of the National Hurrican Center on Sunday about the impacts Florida could see from Tropical Storm Eta. Eta was once a Category 4 hurricane but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for southern Florida and the Florida Keys, and warnings were issued for central Cuba; parts of southern Florida and the Keys were even put under a hurricane watch. [RELATED: TRACK, MODELS, MORE: Here’s how Eta will impact Central Florida]The system was expected to approach the Florida Keys and south Florida late Sunday or Monday. South Florida started emptying ports and a small number of shelters opened in Miami and the Florida Keys for residents in mobile homes and low lying areas.
TRACK, MODELS, MORE: Tropical Storm Eta could strengthen into hurricane before Monday
ORLANDO, Fla. – Tropical Storm Eta continues to bring strong wind and rain to Florida. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, Eta is forecast to become a hurricane before it reaches the Florida Keys tonight. During the past few hours, tropical-storm-force winds gusts have been occurring all along the southeast Florida coast. WATCH LIVE RADAR BELOWCounty Impacts from Tropical Storm EtaThe center of Tropical Storm Eta will move toward the Florida Keys through Sunday. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Brevard County, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected.
Eta strikes Florida Keys; expected to become hurricane
A strengthening Tropical Storm Eta cut across Cuba on Sunday, and forecasters say it's likely to be a hurricane before hitting the Florida Keys Sunday night or Monday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami declared hurricane and storm surge warnings for the Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay. Several shelters also opened in Miami and the Florida Keys for residents in mobile homes and low lying areas. On Sunday night, authorities in Lauderhill, Florida, responded to a report of a car that had driven into a canal. South Florida started emptying ports and a small number of shelters opened in Miami and the Florida Keys for residents in mobile homes and low-lying areas.
Breezy with a few showers Saturday ahead of Eta
ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida will see more clouds than sunshine Saturday, but most will be dry. A few showers and downpours will be around through the day, but they won’t washout your plans. Wind gusts increase Sunday into Monday. A high surf and small craft advisory will be in effect through most of the weekend. For the latest on Eta click here.
TRACK, MODELS, MORE: Eta strengthens into tropical storm
ORLANDO, Fla. – Tropical Depression Eta strengthened into a tropical storm again Saturday just before 10 a.m.A tropical storm warning has been issued for Brevard County, where tropical storm-force winds are expected within the next 36 hours. Winds will constantly blow between 30-35 mph, with gusts near 50 mph. [VIEW: Latest weather alerts]As of Saturday night, Tropical Storm Eta is 140 miles west-southwest of Camaguey, Cuba. Tropical storm windsCentral Florida ImpactsRain:Widespread rain arrives Sunday night and continues through Monday. Wind gusts will be on the order of 35-50mph.
Guatemala searches, Eta regains storm status, heads to Cuba
Members of search and recovery teams search for survivors in the debris of a massive, rain-fueled landslide in the village of Queja, in Guatemala, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta. The storm was expected to hit Cuba by early Sunday, and approach the Florida Keys and south Florida late Sunday or Monday. Tropical storm warnings were issued for central Cuba, southern Florida and the Florida Keys. South Florida started emptying ports and a small number of shelters opened in Miami and the Florida Keys for residents in mobile homes and low lying areas. The storms’ threat comes as many streets across South Florida have been inundated by heavy rains and unusual King Tides.
Florida Department of Health to start releasing COVID-19 data in the evening
ORLANDO, Fla. – For months now, the Florida Department of Health has released numbers each morning showing recent coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths but soon that will change. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Friday that instead of updating the FDOH COVID-19 dashboard around 11 a.m. each day, the state will begin to update it in the evening hours. [TRENDING: Florida in Eta’s cone | The latest on the presidential race | Is there proof of voter fraud?] News 6 has contacted the Florida Department of Health for more information about why the dashboard is changing and what residents can expect. As of Friday, Florida has reported a cumulative total of 832,625 cases -- including 5,245 that were reported in the past 24 hours -- and 17,224 deaths.
Here’s how Eta will impact Florida
Here’s what to expect:Some models show Eta clipping South Florida before moving into the Gulf, some show the system missing South Florida, entering the Gulf of Mexico then taking a turn back toward the Sunshine State and ripping through Central Florida. Others show it could do both -- meaning it would brush South Florida, enter the Gulf and impact Florida again, either in Central Florida or in the northern portion of the state. News 6 meteorologist Jonathan Kegges said earlier Friday that two Florida landfalls could be in Eta’s future. Could end up being two landfalls in #Florida from #Eta...one in South Florida and then another on the west coast or panhandle when it gets nudges back east. Heaviest rain over the next few days falls across South Florida, but heavy rain is also expected through Central Florida.
TRACK, MODELS, MORE: Parts of Florida remain in Eta’s forecast cone
As of Friday afternoon, Eta was 115 miles east of Belize City. The easternmost portion of the official track shows the system could impact the western part of Central Florida, but the storm’s path is uncertain. Here is the 4 p.m. advisory and forecast track on #Eta from the National Hurricane Center. pic.twitter.com/3hv24yBifq — Troy Bridges (@TroyNews6) November 6, 2020The track shows Eta approaching Cuba late Saturday before approaching Florida early Monday as a strong tropical storm. The Hurricane Center is giving it a 20% chance of development over the next five days.
Missing Volusia County teen found safe
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – UPDATE: Deputies said Anaya Granger returned home Friday afternoon. Original story below:Deputies in Volusia County are asking for the public’s help as they search for a missing teen. According to the Volusia Sheriff’s Office, 14-year-old girl Anaya Granger left her home in Deltona early Wednesday and has not returned. “Granger later sent a text message to her family indicating she’s fine, but she still hasn’t returned home or let anyone know where she is,” investigators said. Anyone with information about Granger is asked to call the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office at 386-248-1777.
Weekend forecast: Rain expected to ramp up in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – We will see increased moisture in the atmosphere over the next couple of days in Central Florida. Rain chances will increase slightly to 30% on Friday and 50% on Saturday. Expect a 60% coverage of rain on Sunday, with rain chances staying 40-50% next week, including Veterans Day on Wednesday. The new computer models are in agreement with the official track, showing that Eta will brush South Florida and move into the Gulf of Mexico next week. It remains to be seen what kind of impacts will be felt in Central Florida.
OFFICIAL TRACK: Latest models show Eta possibly brushing Florida
As of 11 p.m. on Thursday, Eta had sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving northeast at 12 mph. The latest models are beginning to agree on the storm’s long-term path, which could bring it toward the Sunshine State. (WKMG)As of 11 p.m. on Thursday, Eta had sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving northeast at 12 mph. The latest models are beginning to agree on the storm’s long-term path, which could bring it toward the Sunshine State. As of 11 p.m. on Thursday, Eta had sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving northeast at 12 mph.
Tropical Tracker: Weakened Eta could approach Florida early next week
The storm is a shell of itself now, but is still bringing heavy rain to the mountainous regions of Central America. Regardless of where it goes, rain chances go up and the wind increases for Central Florida as onshore flow brings in tropical moisture to the state. Current forecasts have a tropical storm moving near Florida early next week. Impacts will be possible in Central Florida, but it’s too early to just what those impacts will be at this time. A similar stormHurricane Mitch in 1998In 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated parts of Central America before re-emerging in the Gulf of Mexico.
Rain chances ramp up heading into weekend
ORLANDO, Fla. – Temperatures will warm into the mid-80s across Central Florida on Thursday, with a slight chance of rain. Rain chances are at 20% Thursday afternoon, but they increase to 30% on Friday and 50% on Saturday. By Sunday, rain chances ramp up to 70%, with more rain next week. The official track takes Eta to Cuba by the weekend. We will have to continue to watch to see if the track changes based on these model changes.
Weakened Eta drenches Central America; at least 57 dead
A pregnant woman is carried out of an area flooded by water brought by Hurricane Eta in Planeta, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez)TEGUCIGALPA – The rain-heavy remnants of Hurricane Eta flooded homes from Panama to Guatemala Thursday as the death toll across Central America rose to at least 57, and aid organizations warned the flooding and mudslides were creating a slow-moving humanitarian disaster across the region. Eta had sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and was moving north at 8 mph (13 kph) Thursday. When what’s left of the storm wobbles back into the Caribbean it will regain some strength and become a tropical storm again, forecasts show. “Whatever comes out (of Central America) is going to linger awhile,” said Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.
TRACK, MODELS, SATELLITE: Eta could trek to Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – Once a powerful Category 4 hurricane, Eta was downgraded to a tropical depression Wednesday as it moved over Nicaragua, and computer models show the weather system eventually heading toward or into South Florida. As of early Wednesday, Eta was 90 miles west of Puerto Cabezas Nicaragua, with 60 mph winds. On the forecast track, the center of Eta is expected to move over northern Nicaragua through Wednesday morning, and then move across the central portions of Honduras through Thursday morning. At least three people were killed after Eta made landfall in Nicaragua, where massive flooding set off deadly landslides. A 12-year-old girl died in a mudslide in San Pedro Sula, the main population center in northern Honduras, said Marvin Aparicio of Honduras' emergency management agency.
Central Florida forecast: Changes -- and Eta? -- on the way
ORLANDO, Fla. – We will see a few changes in the coming days in Central Florida as more moisture works into the atmosphere. We’ll see a few more clouds but no rain on Wednesday, with rain chances returning to 20% by Thursday. Rain chances stand at 30% Friday, 50% Saturday and 70% Sunday. Pinpointing the tropicsWe are watching Tropical Storm Eta, which was over Nicaragua on Wednesday morning after making landfall there as a hurricane. We will continue to monitor Eta to see where it’s expected to go after that and how strong it will become.
Eta brings heavy rains, deadly mudslides to Honduras
(AP Photo/Delmer Martinez)MANAGUA – Eta moved into Honduras on Wednesday as a weakened tropical depression but still bringing the heavy rains that have drenched and caused deadly landslides in the country's east and in northern Nicaragua. Before the center of Eta had even reached Honduras, hundreds of people had been forced from their homes by floodwaters. Eta left a path of destruction across northern Nicaragua starting with the coastal city of Bilwi. Northern Nicaragua is home to most of the country’s production of coffee, a critical export. In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Odalys continued to move across the open ocean and posed no threat to land.
TRACK, SATELLITE: Computer models show Hurricane Eta tracking to Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – Hurricane Eta began moving ashore in Nicaragua on Tuesday with devastating winds and rains that had already destroyed rooftops and caused rivers to overflow, and some current computer models show the powerful storm tracking toward Florida in the coming days. As of Tuesday night, Eta had sustained winds of 110 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, down from an overnight peak of 150 mph. Here is the latest advisory on #Eta from the National Hurricane Center. Here is the 4 p.m. advisory and forecast track on #Eta from the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane season ends Nov. 30.
Coldest air of season invades Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Floridians woke up Tuesday morning to the coldest air of the season. Many areas of Central Florida started off in the 40s and 50s as reinforcing cool air moved in with a north wind behind a front. Expect highs in the upper 70s Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs back to the low 80s from Thursday through the weekend. The average high in Orlando on this date is 81. Some computer models take it north, back into the Gulf of Mexico, so this is something we will have to watch.
TRACK, MODELS, MORE: Hurricane Eta downgraded to Category 2 storm
The hurricane had sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, down from an overnight peak of 150 mph (240 kph). Even before it made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, Honduras reported the first death after a mudslide trapped a 12-year-old girl in San Pedro Sula and two miners were killed in a mudslide in Bonanza, Nicaragua. Eta tripled in strength in about 24 hours, rapidly intensifying from a 40 mph (65 kph) storm Sunday morning to a 120 mph (190 kph) hurricane around midday Monday, and continuing to gain power throughout the day. Eta is the 28th named Atlantic storm this season, tying the 2005 record for named storms. Hurricane season still has a month to go, ending Nov. 30.
TRACK, MODELS, MORE: Fast-growing Hurricane Eta threatens flooding in Central America
MEXICO CITY – Hurricane Eta erupted quickly into a potentially catastrophic major hurricane Monday as it headed for Central America, where forecasters warned of massive flooding and landslides across a vulnerable region. Eta was a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph (240 kph) late Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was centered about 45 miles (75 kilometers) east of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, and moving west-southwest at 7 mph (11 kph). Eta tripled in strength in about 24 hours, rapidly intensifying from a 40 mph (65 kph) storm Sunday morning to a 120 mph (190 kph) hurricane around midday Monday, and continued gain power throughout the rest of the day. Hurricane season still has a month to go, ending Nov. 30.
Tropical Storm Eta forms, ties record for most storms in a single season in Atlantic
The 28th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed in the Caribbean Saturday tying 2005 for most named storms in a single season. Eta also breaks the record for most names ever used by the National Hurricane Center. The only other time the Greek Alphabet was needed was the 2005 season. During the National Hurricane Center’s post season analysis of the 2005 season, a storm was found to have been missed, but was worthy of a name. Because of this, there is an unnamed 28th storm in the 2005 season.
Eta Becomes An Extratropical Low
Location 85 miles SE of Wilmington North Carolina Wind 45 mph Heading ENE at 21 mph Pressure 29.65 Coordinates 76.8W, 33.3NDiscussionAt 400 AM EST (0900 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Eta was located near latitude 33.3 North, longitude 76.8 West. The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the east-northeast near 21 mph (33 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed through Saturday. On the forecast track, Eta is expected to gradually pull away from the southeast U.S. Coast today. Eta could intensify a little as an non-tropical cyclone during the next day or so before it becomes absorbed by a larger non-tropical cyclone on Saturday or Saturday night. Tropics Models at 9:10 Friday Morning, November 13thLand HazardsSURF: Swells generated by Eta will affect portions of the southeastern United States coast today.
Tropical depression strengthens into Tropical Storm Eta, NHC says
29, which formed Saturday over the central Caribbean Sea, has strengthened into Tropical Storm Eta, according to the National Hurricane Center. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Eta is expected to become a hurricane by Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. PREVIOUS UPDATE:The next named storm will be Eta and will be historic if it does develop. Because of this, there is an unnamed 28th storm in the 2005 season. Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.
Tropical Tracker: A hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico to remember, or forget
A whopping five named storms -- three hurricanes, two tropical storms -- have made landfall in Louisiana. In 2004, four storms (three hurricanes, one tropical storm) made landfall in Florida. A fifth storm, Hurricane Ivan, brought devastating impacts to the Florida panhandle, but officially made landfall in Alabama. The peak of hurricane season occurs September 10. Hurricane season officially runs through Nov. 30.
Facing terror charges, ETA's last boss apologizes for deaths
Josu Urrutikoetxea, a former leader of Basque separatist militant group ETA, speaks in Paris, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Just because he oversaw ETA’s end in 2018, they stress, that doesn’t erase his past. Survivors of violent attacks and relatives of ETA’s victims say the campaign humiliates them. ETA’s cause was politically and socially divisive inside Spain’s Basque society and widely rejected across the rest of Spain. What I do want is to see him taking the stand in court,” she said, standing at the site of ETA's attack on the Civil Guard.