June 21, 2021

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12:00 PM (Wed) | *Eta now pounding western Florida…has reached its peak intensity as a category 1 hurricane…probable landfall by early tomorrow near or north of Tampa as a weakening tropical storm* — Perspecta Weather

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Eta has been a big problem to monitor for many days now as it intensified last over the Caribbean Sea and then traveled westward into Central America.  It produced tremendous rainfall amounts across Nicaragua and Honduras last week before re-emerging over the western Caribbean this weekend.  Once back out over the still warm waters of the Caribbean, Eta intensified and turned northeast to a landfall in the central part of Cuba.  After that, Eta moved into the Florida Straits and delivered a blow to the Florida Keys and then drifted westward over the Gulf of Mexico for a few days before a turn back to the north and east and right towards the west coast of Florida.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Atlantic Basin remains active in this extremely active 2020 tropical season.  “Theta” is a newly named tropical storm over the eastern Atlantic and it will move to the east in coming days towards Europe (Portugal).  Tropical Storm “Theta” became the 29th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Basin tropical season which broke the record set in 2005 for the highest number of named storms.  Elsewhere, a new tropical wave has formed over the eastern Caribbean and it has a better than even chance of becoming yet another named system as it likely heads on a western track and, once again, towards Central America.

Meteorologist Paul Dorian
Perspecta, Inc.

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