What time will NASA's Perseverance rover land on Mars today?
ET: NASA's Perseverance rover has successfully touched down on Mars! NASA's Perseverance Mars rover is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet today (Feb. 18) at 3:55 p.m. EST (2055 GMT) — or at least that's when NASA will find out if it landed. Related: How to watch NASA's Perseverance rover land on MarsLive updates: NASA's Perseverance Mars rover missionBook of Mars: $22.99 at Magazines Direct Within 148 pages, explore the mysteries of Mars. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)During the rover's landing, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will act as a relay for lander radio communications. Related: How a fleet of spacecraft will watch NASA's Perseverance rover land on MarsVisit Space.com today for complete coverage of the Perseverance Mars rover's landing on the Red Planet.space.com
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.
Florida waits as Tropical Storm Eta 'meanders' in Gulf of Mexico
click to enlargeTropical Storm Eta remained almost stationary Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, continuing to bring rain to South Florida and swells along the state’s west coast, as forecasters wait for the system to move north, possibly into the Panhandle later in the week.The National Hurricane Center pointed to the system meandering Tuesday afternoon off the western coast of Cuba, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.“The official forecast track calls for Eta to basically move slowly northward through the 120-(hour) forecast period and gradually weaken into a shallow cyclone that drifts northward,” the center said. Some weakening is expected as the system encounters drier mid-level air and cooler sea surface temperatures, the center said.A midday Tuesday forecast from the center had the system making landfall, possibly as a tropical storm, somewhere between Florida’s Big Bend and eastern Louisiana by Sunday morning, with the center of the cone of probability just east of Pensacola.The state Division of Emergency Management, meanwhile, said COVID-19 testing sites reopened Tuesday in Broward and Miami-Dade counties after being closed Monday because of impacts of Eta.orlandoweekly.com
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.
Tropical Storm Eta lashing South Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida — Tropical Storm Eta was lashing South Florida and the Florida Keys early Monday with gusty winds and heavy rains, the National Hurricane Center said. Eta was hitting Florida after leaving scores dead and over 100 missing in Mexico and Central America. The storm also left almost 18,000 homes and businesses without power in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, CBS Miami reports, citing Florida Power & Light. On the forecast track, the center of Eta will gradually pull away from the Florida Keys and south Florida Monday today stay over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Monday night through Wednesday, the hurricane center said. On Sunday night, authorities in Lauderhill, Florida, responded to a report of a car that had driven into a canal.cbsnews.com
Tropical Storm Eta causes dangerous flooding in Florida: "Far worse than we could've ever imagined"
Torrential rain from Tropical Storm Eta caused dangerous flooding across Florida's most densely populated urban areas on Monday after it made landfall in the Florida Keys. The system's wide reach and heavy rains posed a serious threat across South Florida, an area already drenched from more than 14 inches of rain last month. "In some areas, the water isn't pumping out as fast as it's coming in," warned Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz. Firefighters pulled a person from a car that had driven into a canal Sunday night in Lauderhill, Florida, north of Miami. Eta also wasn't done yet with Cuba, just 90 miles south of Florida, where the storm continued to swell rivers and flood coastal zones on Monday.cbsnews.com
Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Monday, Nov. 9, 2020
click to enlarge Photo via Magic 107.7Picture sitting under the stars with a glass of chilled white wine and Marilyn Monroe on the big screen. Thanks to the creative folks at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, you'll be able to enjoy the classics under the stars staring this week. – LINK Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency over the weekend as Central Florida braces for a possible midweek hit from Eta. – LINK We're smack dab in the middle of Orlando's Burger Week, that time of year where you can find delicious burgers all over Central Florida for just five bucks!orlandoweekly.com
State of Emergency for 8 South Florida Counties as Tropical Storm Eta Looms
A state of emergency was declared Saturday by Gov. Ron DeSantis for eight southern Florida counties because of a growing threat from Tropical Storm Eta, which also could affect northern parts of the state later in the week. DeSantis’ order directed Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz to coordinate the state’s emergency plans and to seek federal assistance as needed. Also, to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, the order said the state will activate agreements with hotels for non-congregate sheltering. “Counties are encouraged to accept evacuees from other jurisdictions into their non-congregate shelters to allow for the state of Florida to practice safe social distancing measures,” the order said.flaglerlive.com
Eta Aquarid meteor shower 2020: When, where and how to see it
Update for May 4: The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks overnight tonight, with the best views before dawn tomorrow (May 5). Read our latest on the meteor shower here: The 2020 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks tonight! Although the Perseid meteor shower in August may draw the most attention, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which occurs from roughly late April to mid-May, offers a long stretch of spectacular "shooting stars" that even a casual observer can spot in the night sky. Eta Aquarid meteors captured by NASA all-sky camerasRelated: A gift from Halley's Comet: The Eta Aquarid meteor shower in photosWhere to lookThe Eta Aquarid meteor shower of 2020 will have a period of activity from April 19 to May 28. Astrophotographer David Kingham captured this shot during the 2013 Eta Aquarid meteor shower.space.com
The 2020 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks tonight! See 'crumbs' of Comet Halley rain on Earth
Eta Aquarid meteors captured by NASA all-sky camerasRelated: Eta Aquarid meteor shower 2020: When, where and how to see itAn Eta Aquarid fireball lights up the sky over Devils Tower, part of the Bear Lodge Mountains in Wyoming. Astrophotographer David Kingham captured this shot during the 2013 Eta Aquarid meteor shower. Related: Photos of Halley's Comet through historyThese streaks of light are produced by material which originated from the nucleus of Halley's Comet. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower of 2020 has a period of activity from April 19 to May 28. Related: A gift from Halleys Comet: The Eta Aquarid meteor shower in photosAn image of Halley's Comet taken in 1986.space.com
The Eta Aquarids: A spring meteor shower from Comet Halley
The Eta Aquarids are one of two annual showers caused by pieces of Halley's Comet. The Eta Aquarids are named after their apparent "radiant" point in the constellation Aquarius, near one of its brightest stars, Eta Aquarii. Activity is even better in the Southern Hemisphere, where the Eta Aquarids are one of the best sky shows of the year. The Eta Aquarids are leftover material from Halley's Comet. Additional resources:Check out some awesome images of previous Eta Aquarids meteor showers.space.com