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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Tropical Storm Eta Hits Florida

Tropical Storm Eta struck South Florida and the Florida Keys with heavy rains, strong winds, and storm surges which caused heavy floods, and halted public transportation.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Tropical Storm Eta struck South Florida and the Florida Keys with heavy rains, strong winds, and storm surges which caused heavy floods, and halted public transportation.

Eta has made landfall on Lower Matecumbe Key at 11 p.m. EST with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.

Eta is expected to pour 6 to 12 inches in some parts of southern and central Florida and up to a foot-and-a-half in other regions. 

The National Weather Service has already issued a flash-flood warning while heavy flooding was reported in Davie and flooding in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The Florida government closed beaches, ports, and COVID testing sites, shut down public transportation and warned locals to stay indoors.

Evacuation shelters were also opened in Miami and the Florida Keys for residents in mobile homes and low lying areas. 

“You’re going to be dealing with this all week. It’s going to take a while to get this thing out of here,” warned NHC Director Ken Graham. 

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