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Hurricane Eta triggers Storm Surge Warning for west Florida coast

Eta strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday morning as it inched toward the Sunshine State.
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Eta returns to hurricane status Wednesday morning as it churns just offshore near the coast of southwestern Florida, triggering flood watches and warnings throughout the area.

Update 9 a.m.

The National Weather Services said Hurricane Eta is about 145 miles west-southwest of Tampa, Florida and is currently a Category 1. It's moving at 15 mph with winds at 75 mph and stronger gusts at 85 mph.

Hurricane Eta expected to approach the west-central coast of Florida on Wednesday, and move inland over the northern portion of the Florida peninsula on Thursday. 

A Storm Surge Warning has been issued for the Florida west coast from Suwannee River to Bonita Beach, including Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor.  

Cuba has discontinued its Tropical Storm Watch for citizens.

A hurricane watch has been issued for the west coast of Florida, from Anna Maria Island to Yankeetown. 

Hurricane Eta forecast cone:

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Hurricane Eta spaghetti model: 

Looking ahead to Friday, Nov. 13.

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Hurricane Eta triggers alerts in west Florida coastal areas:

Credit: KHOU 11