As Tropical Storm Eta continues to move just offshore along the west coast of Florida as of 10p on Wednesday (11/11), it continues to dump a lot of rain on the Tampa Bay area.
According to Denis Phillips from ABC Action News, “Eta now has winds at 65 mph. It is just offshore of Clearwater Beach and moving north at 12mph. Extremely heavy rain, wind gusts over 50 mph & 2-5′ of storm surge are expected over the next 12 hours.”
ETA | Tropical Storm Eta now has winds at 65 mph. It is just offshore of Clearwater Beach and moving north at 12 mph. Extremely heavy rain, wind gusts over 50 mph & 2-5' of storm surge are expected over the next 12 hours. pic.twitter.com/Nlx0GZb9i7— Denis Phillips (@DenisPhillipsWx) November 12, 2020
Flooding continues to be a concern as much of the area is experiencing high tide. A flash flood warning is in effect for Pinellas and Hillsborough counties until 1:15a Thursday.
FLASH FLOOD WARNING | The NWS has issued a Flash Flood Warning for areas highlighted. 3-6"+ rain has already fallen. Storm surge is happening as well. Rain rates are over 1" per hour. Stay in and do not drive into flooding roadways. Storm surge has topped 3 feet. pic.twitter.com/TE2q0XLtMA— Jason Adams (@JasonAdamsWFTS) November 12, 2020
SURGE | The NWS is reporting surge flooding throughout Tampa Bay waters. Reports of 3 FEET of inundation happening. Coffee Pot Bayou in St Pete, Gulfport, John's Pass, Port of Manatee, Bayshore Blvd in Tampa... all reporting salt water inundation right now. pic.twitter.com/qemZzIyUUi— Jason Adams (@JasonAdamsWFTS) November 12, 2020
There are also reports of over 30,000 Pinellas County residents who are without power.
Also, as of 10:20p on Wednesday (11/11), the Courtney Campbell Causeway is closed in both directions due to the storm.
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