Gov. Ron DeSantis declares state of emergency for select Florida counties ahead of Tropical Storm Eta

Ahead of Tropical Storm Eta’s potential landfall, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday declared a state of emergency for select South Florida counties.

The Governor’s order includes the following counties:  Broward, Collier, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach county.

Tropical Storm Eta is forecasted to strike Cuba late Saturday and then travel through the warm Caribbean waters toward South Florida. While unlikely, the National Hurricane Center warned the storm could regain hurricane strength while moving toward the Sunshine State.

Eta — regardless of its status — is projected to deliver heavy rainfall, wind, storm surge and possible flooding to Southwest Florida and the Keys as early as Monday.

The National Hurricane Center is encouraging all Floridians to stay mindful of the storm’s reach.

“Elsewhere across a portion of the east and west coast of the Florida peninsula, the risk of tropical-storm-force-winds will extend well away from Eta’s center,” the NHC advised.

Graphic by National Hurricane Center.

As of the latest update, Eta is located roughly 195 miles north-northeast of the Cayman Islands. The storm is producing 60 mph maximum sustained winds and is traveling

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