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As Tropical Storm Eta continues to bring storm conditions to Central America, we’re looking forward to where the storm will move this week.

According to the National Hurricane Center prediction center, the storm is expected to continue moving northwest through Honduras and Guatemala, and then make a turn back toward the northeast: back to the Caribbean Sea. Once into the Caribbean, things become a little less certain on its path. Models have the storm coming close to Tampa Bay Wednesday morning.

Based upon the models the NHC examines, Tropical Storm Eta has Florida in its path. In fact, the southern half of the Florida peninsula is in the “cone of uncertainty”, the term professionals refer to as the wide area the storm could be close to up to five days.

According to the National Hurricane Center’s “Tropical Storm Eta Forecast Discussion”, at about 6 a.m. on Monday, November 9, Tropical Storm Eta could be just off the southwest Florida Coast near Key West with 60 mph winds. The storm system is expected to be moving north along the west coast. This prediction could be off by 100 miles either east or west of the path, but the storm, as the National Hurricane Center reminds us is not a dot on a map, but a wide area. We certainly would not want to see Tropical Storm Eta travel close to the east coast of Florida, but it’s a possibility.

Regardless of it’s predicted path, it’s worth keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Eta as it travels back into the Caribbean Sea and into the Gulf of Mexico over the next 5-7 days.

Don’t go nuts on supplies, it is November, near the end of the season, but here’s a list of items you might consider checking on in case of storms:
Here’s a checklist for your emergency kit, which you should keep someplace easily accessible:
Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
Flashlight
First aid kit
Extra batteries
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Manual can opener for food
Local maps
Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

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