State of Emergency Declared for Florida

Eta is expected to bring rain and floods to a hurricane-weary region.

November 12, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The governor of Florida declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Eta moved toward the state’s coastline, and parts of Florida's Gulf Coast are under a hurricane watch. 

Forecasters predicted that Eta would hit the west-central coast of Florida Wednesday night and travel inland over the northern portion of the Florida Peninsula today.

Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center, said the storm was entering a “hostile environment” of dry air and wind shear that would limit its ability to strengthen. However, South Florida remains on high alert for rain, and the region may experience king tides, the seasonal high tides that can flood coastal neighborhoods. This year has seen most active hurricane season on record with 29 storms so far.

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