ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida is bracing for more impacts from Tropical Storm Eta, which has already brought heavy rains and flooded city streets in the state.
Officials shut down public transportation and ordered some evacuations Sunday in South Florida.
According to the National Hurricane Center, as of 10 p.m. Monday, Eta was 180 miles southwest of the Dry Tortugas.
Eta has 50 mph winds and was heading southwest at 9 mph. The system is no longer expected to strengthen into a hurricane at any point, according to the NHC. In fact, the latest track for Eta shows the system being downgraded before reaching landfall again.
“Some strengthening will be possible [Monday night] and Tuesday,” the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center reads. “Gradual weakening is expected to begin on Wednesday and then continue through the end of the week.”
Computer models appear to be in agreeance that Eta will stay away from Florida, but the storm’s exact path remains uncertain. Some models show it could still impact Florida’s Panhandle, which remains in the storm’s forecast cone as of the latest update.
Eta made landfall on Lower Matecumbe Key around 11 p.m. Sunday and could dump an additional 6 to 12 inches in some areas.
The system has already left scores of dead and over 100 missing in Mexico and Central America.
Click here for a county-by-county breakdown of Eta’s impacts.