TAMPA (AP) — A strengthened Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on Cuba early Sunday, and has its sights set on the southern tip of Florida, after leaving dozens dead and over 100 missing in Central America which it hit last week as a major hurricane.
Eta breached Cuba even as searchers in Guatemala were still digging for people believed buried by a massive, rain-fueled landslide. Authorities say 15 people are confirmed dead and at least 109 are missing in Guatemala, many of them in the landslide in San Cristobal Verapaz.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for southern Florida and the Florida Keys, and warnings were issued for central Cuba; parts of southern Florida and the Keys were even put under a hurricane watch.
The Hurricane Center said Eta was located about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Camaguey, Cuba, Sunday morning and was moving northeast at 12 mph (19 kph) with winds of 65 mph (100 kph). The system was expected to approach the Florida Keys and south Florida late Sunday or Monday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Saturday for eight counties at the end of the state as Eta approached, urging