Florida closed beaches and COVID testing sites, shut down public transportation and ordered some evacuations Sunday as Tropical Storm Eta took aim, bringing heavy rains to already flooded city streets after leaving scores of dead and over 100 missing in Mexico and Central America.
INTERCEPT of winds gusting up to 70 mph in the core of Tropical Storm #Eta by storm chaser @MikeTheiss with radar loop showing dominant convective band hammering they upper Florida Keys tonight. Radar loop from @RadarOmega_WX pic.twitter.com/IxZ96rGr1q
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) November 9, 2020
Firefighters pulled one person from a car and took the patient to a hospital in critical condition, according to a statement from Lauderhill Fire’s public information officer. Responders were continuing to search for others.
At least 20 people also were reported dead in southern Mexico and local officials in Honduras reported 21 dead, though the national disaster agency had confirmed only eight.
Eta initially hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, and authorities from Panama to Mexico were still surveying the damages following days of torrential rains during the week.
Last Update: Monday, 09 November 2020 KSA 08:20 – GMT 05:20