Eta has been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane and is strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico. It is likely to impact Florida over the next three days.
Eta is currently moving at 15 mph and is about 130 west-southwest of Fort Myers and 170 miles south-southwest of Tampa. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 75 mph.
According to the National Hurricane Center, winds could continue to intensify through today. Eta's course is now set for landfall along the Big Bend of Florida, just to the east of Ocala, late Thursday or early Friday morning.
Sometime tomorrow, Eta is predicted to to move inland over the northern portion of the Florida.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Anna Maria Island to Yankeetown
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Dry Tortugas
* Bonita Beach to Suwannee River Florida
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* Bonita Beach to Steinhatchee River Florida, including Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* The Cuban provinces of La Habana, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth
* North of the Suwannee River to Aucilla River Florida
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