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Tropical Storm Eta is Weakening After Making Landfall in Levy County Thursday Morning

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Tropical Storm Eta officially made landfall at 4 o’clock this morning in Levy County, Florida, near Cedar Key with top sustained winds of 50 mph.

Eta is weakening and moving inland over North Florida this morning. Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network says occasional rain bands are likely to produce tropical storm force wind gusts this morning over the peninsula.

“Dry air and wind shear took its toll on Eta before making landfall. Still, brief gusts around 40 mph are likely this morning mainly from the I-4 Corridor northward to interior North Florida and the First Coast. I expect what’s left of Eta’s circulation to move offshore near Jacksonville around mid-afternoon with conditions improving before dusk.”

The highest wind gusts recorded on the West Coast were mostly between 50 and 60 mph between Sarasota and Citrus counties, with gusts to tropical storm force in the Fort Myers area Wednesday afternoon. The highest gust recorded so far was 66 mph in Beverly Hills in Citrus County.

Reports from the National Weather Service indicate surge inundation caused flooding requiring evacuations Wednesday evening near Longboat Key in Sarasota County. Additional surge flooding was reported in Pinellas County, near the Tampa Riverwalk in Hillsborough County, and near New Port Richey in Pasco County.

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