Hurricane and Storm Surge Watches issued for southern Florida:
Eta is now projected to peak at 70 mph, so Hurricane Watches have been issued in case it strengthens a little more than expected. Maximum projected storm surge has increased to 2 to 4 feet, and as much as 15 inches of rain are possible.
The following is from the NHC:
Damaging tropical-storm-force winds are expected Sunday night, with hurricane-force winds possible, in the Florida Keys and portions of the southern Florida peninsula, where a Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch are in effect. Elsewhere across portions of the east and west coasts of the Florida peninsula, the risk of tropical-storm-force winds will extend well away from Eta's center, and Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings are in effect.
A life-threatening storm surge is possible along portions of the southern coast of the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys, where a Storm Surge Watch is in effect. Residents in the Storm Surge Watch area should follow any advice given by local officials.
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS: INIT 07/2100Z 20.4N 80.7W 50 KT 60 MPH 12H 08/0600Z 21.6N 79.4W 55 KT 65 MPH...INLAND 24H 08/1800Z 23.3N 79.0W 60 KT 70 MPH...OVER WATER 36H 09/0600Z 24.7N 79.9W 60 KT 70 MPH 48H 09/1800Z 25.2N 81.2W 55 KT 65 MPH 60H 10/0600Z 25.7N 82.8W 55 KT 65 MPH 72H 10/1800Z 26.1N 83.6W 50 KT 60 MPH 96H 11/1800Z 26.5N 84.0W 50 KT 60 MPH 120H 12/1800Z 27.0N 84.0W 45 KT 50 MPH