Tropical Storm Eta
11/8/20 - 5:50 p.m.
TROPICAL STORM ETA UPDATE
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As early as 6 PM this evening, there could be tropical force sustained winds. Due to the potential for downed power lines and significant flooding, the Palm Beach County schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, November 9, 2020. This includes in person and virtual school. Additionally, school district employees are not to report to work as travel may be difficult due to excessive rainfall.
At this time there are no evacuation orders and no shelters have been opened. Residents are asked to shelter in place.
Palm Beach County Emergency Management reports that the storm is North of central Cuba and is moving at 14 mph. It is traveling NW and expected to turn West on Monday. Eta could reach hurricane strength winds prior to landfall in the Keys. However, Palm Beach County is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning and hurricane winds are not expected for Palm Beach County. However, the wind field is much larger and spans a great distance.
Main concerns for Palm Beach County are:
- Flooding rains
- Sustained Tropical Force winds tonight and through Monday afternoon
- 6”-10” of rain in addition to the 14” received in October causing ground saturation. Palm Beach is under a Flood Warning.
- High surf advisory – 15’ to 20’
- Isolated tornadic activity possible
If conditions change, we will act accordingly.
Currently, draw bridges have been locked down and Palm Beach County government offices are closed today.
- Please stay off roads
- Flooding, debris and downed power lines may cause potential hazards
- Don’t drive through flooded water ways
- Monitor your radio, TV and Village media outlets
11/8/20 - 11:45 a.m.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR AND SECURE LOOSE ITEMS
It appears that we will be monitoring Tropical Storm Eta throughout the week. We urge our residents and visitors to do the same. Expect Gusty Winds and Heavy Rain to increase today and tomorrow. Secure loose items, avoid standing water and Stay Safe.
Your Tequesta Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.
BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER STORM PREPARATION
11/8/20 - 11:35 a.m.
Garbage and Recycling Update
Due to Tropical Storm Eta, the SWA has closed operations on Monday.
Waste Management has also cancelled Monday’s scheduled pick-up service.
Normal collection services will resume on Tuesday.
11/7/2020 - 8:38 pm
Governor DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency for 8 counties including Palm Beach and Martin.
🚨Now is the time to complete all preparations to protect life and property in accordance with your emergency plan. Ensure you are in a safe location before the onset of strong winds or possible flooding.
Keep cell phones well charged. Cell phone chargers for automobiles can be helpful, but be aware of your risk for deadly carbon monoxide poisoning if your car is left idling in a garage or other poorly ventilated area.
It is important to remain calm, informed, and focused during an emergency. Be patient and helpful with those you encounter.
Rapidly rising flood waters are deadly. If you are in a flood-prone area, consider moving to higher ground. Never drive through a flooded roadway. Remember, turn around don't drown!
Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather warnings.🚨
❗ ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION ❗
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org
11/7/20 - 6:30 pm
This is a message from the Village of Tequesta regarding Tropical Storm Eta
It is important not to focus on the cone as the impacts will extend way beyond the center. Heavy rainfall will be the primary threat from Eta across South Florida. Currently, Palm Beach County is under a Flood Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning although we are not in the forecast cone.
Eta is predicted to be a heavy rain event. 7-day rainfall totals could approach 5”-10” of rain fall with localized totals of 15”. Tropical storm force winds will likely begin Sunday night across South Florida. Sustained winds of 55-70 mph with gusts 75-80 mph will be possible across South Florida.
Please be sure to pull your emergency plans out and read them and prepare. Friendly reminder that now is not the time to trim trees and place them at the road side. This will only cause extra hazards for residents and motorists. Please visit our website for in depth storm preparation information.