Tropical Storm Eta closes in on South Florida


The storm is expected to drench the Florida Keys.

South Florida is starting to see the effects from Tropical Storm Eta after it made landfall early Sunday morning along the coast of Cuba with winds of 65 mph.

Eta is about 140 miles south-southeast of Miami and moving northwest at 14 mph.

The center of Eta will pass near the Florida Keys Sunday night and west of the Keys by Monday morning.

A tropical storm warning is in effect across South Florida, including Miami, Fort Myers, Naples and West Palm Beach. A hurricane and storm surge warning is in effect across the Florida Keys.

Storm surges of up to 4 feet will be possible in parts of southern Florida. October in general tends to be a very wet month for southern Florida.

As Eta closes in on Florida, heavy rain and gusty winds will become more widespread by the evening hours.

It will then slow down and meander over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday into Wednesday.

Additionally, there could be tornadoes as Eta moves through Florida over the next 48 hours.

Forecast models actually have Eta stalling in the Gulf of Mexico through much of the upcoming week.

There is potential that cold fronts moving across parts of the eastern U.S. could draw tropical moisture from Eta, creating a potential for flash flooding in some spots along the East Coast later this week.

In the west, a storm system is beginning to move across part of the country, bringing snow, rain and some gusty winds.

Some of the most organized areas of snow were in parts of Montana and the Rocky Mountains, where up to 3 feet is expected through Tuesday.

This storm system and its associated dip in the jet stream is expected to bring wind gusts locally over 50 mph from California all the way to Wisconsin.

Elsewhere, Los Angeles received 0.11 inches of rain on Saturday, ending a 172-day streak of no rain.

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