Eta Strengthens to Hurricane and Turns Toward Tampa, Eastern Flood Watch

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Eta is now a Category 1 hurricane and has made a turn toward Tampa, prompting a tornado and hurricane watch, while a flood watch is in place for the East Coast and 12 states in the northern tier to receive snowfall today.

Eta now a hurricane moving toward Tampa, tornado watch

Eta is now a Category 1 hurricane after strengthening with sustained winds of 75 mph and stronger gusts. The storm changed direction, making a turn toward Tampa Bay.

A Tornado Watch is in effect on Wednesday through 5 PM. A hurricane watch is also in effect, stretching 120 miles along the Gulf Coast, Tampa Bay Times reported. The greatest impacts are expected along the coastline north of the Interstate 4 corridor by Thursday night.

Weather alerts and watches for November 11

Flash flood watch: The NWS is warning of heavy rain with potential for flash flooding over northern Georgia, western and central North Carolina, Virginia, eastern West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, southeastern Pennsylvania, and southern New Jersey.

Winter weather alerts: There are winter weather advisories for portions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. A winter storm warning is in effect for Western Wyoming.

Tornado and hurricane watch: Tampa Bay

Tropical storm warning: West Central Florida

US weather overview for November 11

Here’s the forecast for weather conditions around the US on Wednesday by the National Weather Service (NWS).

Mixed Precipitation:

Western Washington; western Oregon; northern Michigan.

Rain:

Western Washington; western Oregon; northern Michigan; southern and eastern Ohio; the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Snow:

The National Weather Service has forecast snow for: central and western Oregon; southeastern Washington; Idaho; western and northeastern Montana; Wyoming; northern Nevada; northern Utah; northwestern Colorado; north-central Nebraska; southwestern and eastern South Dakota; the northern half of North Dakota; northern and southwestern Minnesota.

Thunderstorms:

Thunderstorms will be prevalent throughout the South and Southeast from Louisiana to the Atlantic, from Kentucky to the Virginias.

US Weather forecast: Wednesday, November 11, 2020

West: San Francisco 58, cloudy; Los Angeles 69, sunny; Reno 46, mostly sunny; Las Vegas 63, mostly sunny; Salt Lake City 39, rain; Denver 49, sunny.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 45, partly cloudy; Medford 53, partly cloudy; Boise 35, partly cloudy; Cut Bank 20, partly cloudy; Billings 31, cloudy; Minot 30, snow; Rapid City 45, snow.

Southwest: Phoenix 71, sunny; Albuquerque 53, sunny; El Paso 68, sunny; San Antonio 83, partly cloudy; Brownsville 87, partly cloudy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 70, sunny; Dallas 74, sunny; Oklahoma City 63, sunny; Kansas City 55, sunny; Minneapolis 38, sunny.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 48, partly cloudy; St. Louis 55, sunny; Detroit 56, partly cloudy; Cincinnati 59, rain.

South: Houston 84, partly cloudy; New Orleans 82, foggy; Memphis 61, partly cloudy; Atlanta 77, thunderstorms; Charlotte 77, thunderstorms; Jacksonville 83, thunderstorms; Tampa 81, rain; Miami 83, thunderstorms.

East: Norfolk 85, thunderstorms; Washington, D.C. 70, rain; Buffalo 63, rain; New York City 73, rain; Boston 76, mostly cloudy; Caribou 66, cloudy.