Track vs. computer models: Where’s Eta headed?

Tropical Storm drenches parts of Florida

Models for Eta.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Tropical Storm Eta has wreaked havoc in South Florida with flooding rains and gusty winds.

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 a bit on the storm’s path.

As of Monday afternoon, the official track from the National Hurricane Center no longer shows Eta becoming a hurricane as it moves southwest from the Florida Keys. The track shows Eta heading north toward Florida’s Panhandle but weakening before reaching land. The cone, however, still covers a decent portion of the Sunshine State.

Several computer models, though, suggest that Eta will travel west, deeper into the Gulf of Mexico, and away from Florida.

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.

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