The storm’s maximum sustained wind speed increased to about 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph) off the southwest coast of Florida.
ETA The hurricane regained strength Wednesday morning as Florida prepared for a second blow from the storm.
The storm’s maximum sustained wind speed increased to nearly 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph) off the southwest coast of Florida.
Meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center in Miami have issued a hurricane watch over a stretch of 193 kilometers (120 miles) that includes Tampa and St. Petersburg. The storm has been in the Gulf of Mexico since crossing southern Florida on Sunday.
The latest hurricane hour stretches from Anna Maria Island, south of St. Petersburg, to Yankee Town.
ETA It was about 210 kilometers (130 miles) west to southwest from Fort Myers early on Wednesday and was moving at 24 kilometers per hour (15 mph).
The hurricane center said “life-threatening storms” are possible as early as Thursday, and meteorologists advised residents to heed local officials’ warnings. Tropical strong winds are expected to blow in the region by late Wednesday.
Projections show more rain from the storm system over parts of southern Florida that are already inundated.
“I’ve never seen this, never, not that deep,” said Anthony Layas, who has lived in the watery Fort Lauderdale neighborhood since 1996. He described hearing water and debris explode on his sealed home all night as the storm crossed Florida.
The first storm struck Nicaragua As a Category 4 hurricane, it killed nearly 70 people from Mexico to Panama, before moving to the Gulf of Mexico early Monday near where the Everglades meet the sea, with maximum winds of 85 kilometers per hour (53 mph).
“It was much worse than we had imagined, and we were prepared,” said Arby Walker, a 27-year-old student whose Fort Lauderdale apartment was filled with about 150 millimeters (6 inches) of water.
Nowhere was the water crossing much of South Florida, which had already seen nearly 350 millimeters (14 in) of rain in October.
Officials said up to 400 mm (16 in) of rain destroyed one of the state’s largest COVID-19 testing sites, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade County. Throughout the pandemic, it has been among the busiest places to diagnose Coronavirus. The site was expected to close until Wednesday or Thursday.
ETA hit the ground late Sunday when it blew up over Lower Matecombe, in the midst of a string of small islands that make up the Florida Keys, but densely populated areas of Miami-Dade and Broward counties have borne the brunt of the rage.
It was the 28th storm in a busy hurricane season in the Atlantic, linking the 2005 record with specific storms. Late Monday, the 29th storm followed – Theta.
The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Theta broke the record of 28 named storms in 2005. Wednesday morning, the Theta Center was about 1,190 kilometers (740 miles) southwest of the Azores, carrying sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour ( 62 mph) such a system. It moved from east to northeast at 13 km per hour (8 mph).
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