Brevard County Officials Urge Residents to Prepare for Tropical Storm Eta, Severe Weather Tonight

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Brevard County Emergency Management is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Eta and is encouraging county resident to be prepared for weather conditions that could produce sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph, potential flooding, extremely dangerous surf conditions and localized beach erosion. (NHC Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Emergency Management is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Eta and is encouraging county resident to be prepared for weather conditions that could produce sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph, potential flooding, extremely dangerous surf conditions and localized beach erosion.

Brevard County has been under a Tropical Storm Warning since 10 p.m. Saturday, with the greatest threat from Eta expected to be flooding rainfall, showers and squalls Sunday night through Monday.

There’s also a threat for isolated tornadoes tonight through Monday. Minor damage and sporadic power outages will be possible.

Based on the latest forecast, the primary impact in Brevard County will be locally heavy rainfall of two to three inches. Some locations may receive higher volumes of rain with isolated totals as much as six inches, and localized flooding is possible. Residents should stay in place as severe weather arrives.

Brevard County Emergency Management officials urge residents to stay informed and prepare homes today for potential impacts of Tropical Storm Eta, which is expected to turn west after reaching the Florida Keys, maybe as a Category 1 hurricane, late Sunday and linger in the Gulf of Mexico off the west coast of Florida for much of the week. Extremely hazardous rip currents, surf and marine conditions are expected along the coast into mid-to-late week.

“It’s not a well-organized tropical storm,” said Interim Emergency Management Director John Scott.

“It’s a messy, sloppy system with impacts that will cover a large area.”

Hurricane Season 2020 began June 1 and runs through Nov 30. Even though the season is almost over, Scott emphasized the need for residents to remain prepared and to have a plan in place to protect themselves and their families.

“Know your risks, have a plan and stay informed,” Scott said. “Pay close attention to the weather over the next couple of days especially, but it’s always important to know what to do if an emergency occurs.”

Safety tips to follow during a tropical storm:

– Shelter in place; Stay indoors where it’s safe
– Be prepared for a loss of power; have working flashlights
– Secure loose items like lawn furniture outside your home
– Do not put yard waste at the curb when high winds are anticipated
– Don’t go boating or surfing
– Don’t run generators indoors
– Stay off roadways if possible
– Don’t drive on causeways during high wind events
– Don’t visit the beach to look at storm and ocean conditions
– Don’t drive around to look at storm damage
– Don’t wade, swim or drive through flooded roadways
– Don’t touch anything in contact with power lines, including water or water puddles that may be near downed power lines.

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