By CURT ANDERSON, The Associated Press
scheduled tribe. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – torrential rains lashed the tropical storm Etah FloridaThe West Coast as it moved northward from Florida to the heavily populated Tampa Bay area Thursday morning after moving north.
The storm sheltered near Cedar, Florida with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kilometers per hour). The National Hurricane Center in Miami predicted that Eta would move northeast from Florida as it lost strength. Eta slightly increased the storm’s strength on Wednesday morning, but forecasters said it later weakened tropical storm conditions.
There are no serious reports of any injuries in the Tampa Bay area, as the storm struck that area on Wednesday afternoon. Several tornado warnings were issued, but there were no reports of a single bottom touching.
On Thursday morning, much of the Tampa Bay area was under storm warning. The storm said authorities were forced to close some lanes on two of the three bridges crossing Tampa Bay, which connects the St. Petersburg region to Tampa, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which connects the Pinellas and Manetti counties, remained closed on Thursday.
Firefighters in Tampa rescued about a dozen people who were trapped in floods on Beasore Boulevard. On Thursday morning, some abandoned vehicles on a flooded roadway in Tampa were WFTS.
The television station reported that residents of St. Petersburg’s Twin Cities mobile home park were forced to move out late Wednesday night.
The Gulf of Mexico had been in a hurricane since it crossed South Florida on Sunday. EST Thursday at 4:20 am, centered about 5 miles (10 km) north-northeast of Etah Cedar Key and moving north-east near 13 mph (20 kmph) Was.
Eta is expected to spread to the western Atlantic Ocean by the weekend.
The Tampa Bay area is home to more than 3.5 million people in five coastal counties. No compulsory evacuation was ordered, but the authorities opened shelters for anyone in need. The local media featured only a handful of people.
The forecast prompted school officials in Pasco and Peñalas counties, including St. Petersburg, to send students home on Wednesday morning. Both counties declared schools to be closed on Thursday, while neighboring Hillsborough County plans to keep schools closed from Friday.
Tampa International Airport suspended operations later Wednesday afternoon, with plans to reopen later than Thursday afternoon.
Also in Tampa, the Bush Garden theme park announced that it had been closed on Wednesday, and several Giants Day programs in the area had been canceled. A coronovirus testing site at Tropicana Field was also closed on Wednesday.
Florida Government. Ron DeSantis issued an extended emergency declaration to include 13 counties along or around the Gulf Coast, adding them to the South Florida Regiment. DeSantis also sought a preliminary emergency order from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to free up the resources needed to deal with the storm. President Donald Trump accepted the request Wednesday evening.
The storm center said Thursday that a “life-threatening storm could escalate”, and the forecast advised residents to warn local authorities.
The storm first struck Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane and killed at least 120 people in Central America and Mexico, with scores missing. It then moved into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday morning, where the Everglades meet the sea.
Ata hit land late on Sunday as it blew over Lower Matecombe Key, in the middle of a series of small islands that make up the Florida Keys, but with heavy rain in the heavily populated areas of Miami-Dad and Broward counties wreaking havoc .
It was the 28th hurricane season of a busy Atlantic hurricane season, with a 2005 record for hurricanes. And late on Monday, it was located in the Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of miles from the Azores, by the 29th hurricane, Theta.
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