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South Floridians begin preparing for effects of Eta, including flooding

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for South Florida starting Friday night and going through Tuesday.


Forecasters predict some areas could receive 6-8 inches of rain with isolated areas receiving up to 10 inches. Isolated tornadoes will also be possible, mainly on Sunday and Monday.

Local 10 News meteorologist Julie Durda said Friday will be the “calm before the storm” in South Florida.

A Wind Advisory, meanwhile, has been issued for coastal Broward and Miami-Dade counties from Friday night until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. This could be extended as Tropical Depression Eta moves closer to the Sunshine State.

According to the NWS, hazardous marine conditions could briefly subside on Friday before deteriorating once again this weekend. Eta has moved back over Caribbean waters and is forecast to move northward into the Florida Straits or the southeast Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

Some residents in Fort Lauderdale began preparing early Friday.

“The city called and said they were giving free sandbags,” Judy Thomas said. “You’re hesitant because we’re having the storm that’s coming in and I wanna be prepared.”

Thomas said after she experienced flooding from heavy rain earlier this fall she’s…

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