National Weather Service Issues Tropical Storm Eta Statement

Staff Reporter
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued the following online statement about Tropical Storm Eta:
 
"Tropical Storm Eta Local Statement Advisory Number 46
National Weather Service Jacksonville FL  AL292020
428 PM EST Wed Nov 11 2020

This product covers Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia

**TROPICAL STORM WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF
INLAND NORTHEAST FLORIDA***


NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - The Tropical Storm Watch has been cancelled for Coastal
      Flagler, Coastal St. Johns, Inland Flagler, and Inland St. Johns

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Central Marion,
      Eastern Alachua, Eastern Marion, Gilchrist, Western Alachua,
      and Western Marion
    - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Bradford, Clay, and
      Putnam

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 250 miles south-southwest of Jacksonville FL
    - 27.3N 83.6W
    - Storm Intensity 70 mph
    - Movement North or 10 degrees at 12 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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Tropical storm Eta is forecast to track northeast across northeast
Florida through Thursday. Tropical storm watches and warnings remain
in effect for parts inland northeast FL as Eta moves through the region.
The system is forecast to weaken on Thursday with the the circulation of
Eta forecast to move off the northeast Florida coast Thursday evening.
Periods of heavy rainfall appear likely on Thursday, with impacts of
localized flooding possible. A low end tornado threat is possible over
southern areas of the area.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* WIND:
Protect against dangerous wind having possible significant impacts
across inland northeast Florida. Potential impacts in this area
include:
    - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage
      to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings
      experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile
      homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight
      objects become dangerous projectiles.
    - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater
      numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several
      fences and roadway signs blown over.
    - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
      or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access
      routes impassable.
    - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent
      in areas with above ground lines.

Also, protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts
across southeast Georgia.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.
Potential impacts include:
    - Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations.
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents.
      Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become swollen
      and overflow in spots.
    - Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually
      vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water
      occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
      areas. Several storm drains and retention ponds become
      near-full and begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge
      closures.

* TORNADOES:
Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts
across southern zones of the area. Potential impacts include:
    - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
      of emergency plans during tropical events.
    - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
      and communications disruptions.
    - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys
      toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned,
      large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees
      knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats
      pulled from moorings.

Elsewhere across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, little to
no impact is anticipated.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to complete all preparations to protect life and
property in accordance with your emergency plan. Ensure you are in a
safe location before the onset of strong winds or possible flooding.

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets
for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes
to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather
warnings.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org"
 
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