TAMPA, Fla. — Tropical Storm Eta is now a post-tropical cyclone, and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says it could become absorbed by a larger non-tropical cyclone on Saturday or Saturday night.
Eta brought heavy rain and strong winds across a large portion of Tampa Bay on Wednesday and into Thursday. The storm caused several areas to flood and is being blamed for at least one death in Manatee County.
According to the NHC, all watches and warnings in the Tampa Bay area have been discontinued.
- Live updates: Hurricane Eta forecast to impact Tampa Bay area
- LIST: Tampa Bay area schools releasing early, closing due to Eta
- Sandbags available as Eta set to move along coastal regions of Tampa Bay
The storm is 85 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. It's moving east-northeast at 21 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.
Over the weekend, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in the following counties: Broward, Collier, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties.
On Wednesday, DeSantis amended the order to include: Alachua, Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hernando, Hillsborough, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota and Sumter Counties.