South Floridians preparing for effects of Tropical Storm Eta, including flooding

Flood Watch in effect for South Florida from Friday night through Tuesday

MIAMI – The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for South Florida starting Friday night and going through Tuesday.

That is for Tropical Storm Eta, which strengthened Saturday morning and has winds gusting as high as 60 mph.

Forecasters predict some areas could receive 6-8 inches of rain with isolated areas receiving up to 10 inches. Isolated tornadoes will also be possible, mainly on Sunday and Monday.

South Florida has been placed under a Hurricane Watch in anticipation for the pending storm.

A Wind Advisory, meanwhile, has been issued for coastal Broward and Miami-Dade counties. This could be extended as Tropical Depression Eta moves closer to the Sunshine State.

According to the NWS, hazardous marine conditions could briefly subside on Friday before deteriorating once again this weekend. Eta has moved back over Caribbean waters and is forecast to move northward into the Florida Straits or the southeast Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

Some residents in Fort Lauderdale began preparing early Friday.

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