Quick 4 AM update on Eta with Florida impacts and the Long Island forecast with great weather:
Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for southern Florida. 5 to 10 inches with isolated amounts up to 15 inches are expected with a maximum projected storm surge of 3 feet. Wind gusts will generally be in the 45 to 65 mph range, but some higher gusts are possible in the Keys and right along the coast of southern Florida. Eta's structure is likely to take on characteristics of a subtropical cyclone as it merges with the cutoff low late Sunday and Monday. As this occurs, Eta's wind field is expected to increase in size. By 72 hours and beyond, dry air entrainment is likely to cause some weakening, so an eventual potential 2nd landfall along the northwest coast of Florida will be less impactful. Since Eta's wind field is forecast to expand when it moves north of Cuba, tropical-storm-force winds are expected to cover a large area to the north and northeast of the center regardless of the exact track of the center. The new forecast track requires a Tropical Storm Watch for the northwestern Bahamas, the southern Florida peninsula, and the Florida Keys. Additional watches for the Florida peninsula may be required overnight or on Saturday morning. A tornado or two may occur Sunday evening and Sunday night over south Florida and the Keys.
Long Island forecast:
Today (Saturday): Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60's to low 70's.
Tomorrow (Sunday): Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60's to low 70's.
Monday: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60's to around 70 degrees.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with highs in the upper 60's.
Wednesday: Cloudy with a 70% chance of showers. Highs in the mid to upper 60's.
Thursday: Morning showers and then clearing with highs in the low to mid 60's.