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Tropical Storm Eta bringing strong winds and flooding to west coast of Florida

After briefly becoming a hurricane Wednesday morning, Eta has weakened slightly and is now a high-end tropical storm with 70 mph sustained winds. Eta meandered around the southeastern Gulf of Mexico for a few days, but is now heading toward a Thursday morning landfall along the west coast of Florida.



a boat in the water: Residents clear debris from a flooded street in the Driftwood Acres Mobile Home Park in the shadow of the Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Davie, Fla. Tropical Storm Eta was squatting off western Cuba on Tuesday after drifting away from South Florida, where it unleashed a deluge that flooded entire neighborhoods and covered the floors of some homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


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Residents clear debris from a flooded street in the Driftwood Acres Mobile Home Park in the shadow of the Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Davie, Fla. Tropical Storm Eta was squatting off western Cuba on Tuesday after drifting away from South Florida, where it unleashed a deluge that flooded entire neighborhoods and covered the floors of some homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

With Eta’s drop below hurricane strength, the hurricane watch for portions of Florida’s west coast have been dropped.

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Hurricane Eta Menaces Central America With Devastating Winds

(Bloomberg) — Hurricane Eta has strengthened into one of the Atlantic’s most powerful storms of the year, packing winds of 150 miles (240 kilometers) an hour as it roars toward Central America.



a person sitting in a car: Honduran Air Force members load supplies on planes, to be taken to residents of Puerto Lempira municipality, department of Gracias a Dios, in preparation for the arrival of the upcoming Hurricane Eta, in Tegucigalpa, on November 2, 2020.


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Honduran Air Force members load supplies on planes, to be taken to residents of Puerto Lempira municipality, department of Gracias a Dios, in preparation for the arrival of the upcoming Hurricane Eta, in Tegucigalpa, on November 2, 2020.

The storm, a Category 4 major hurricane, is expected to cause life-threatening storm surges, flash floods and landslides when it slams into the coast of Nicaragua early Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

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Eta, forecast to dump as much as 25 inches (64 centimeters) of rain after crashing ashore, is the Atlantic’s 28th storm of 2020, tying a 2005 record for the most named systems in a single year. So many

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Colorado’s East Troublesome Fire grows amid high winds

The two blazes have the potential to merge, depending on conditions Friday and Saturday. So far, the East Troublesome Fire has forced the evacuations of Granby, Grand Lake and, to the east of Rocky Mountain National Park, the community of Estes Park. An unknown number of properties have been damaged or destroyed, and at least five people are missing.

Noel Livingston, who leads the team of firefighters tackling this blaze as incident commander, said in a news briefing that he expects “another active fire day” Friday, with areas east of the Rockies socked in by clouds, cold air and easterly winds, preventing fire spread there until late in the day.

Meanwhile, areas to the west, including throughout Rocky Mountain National Park and the Grand Lake area, are in a different fire weather environment, with sunshine, relatively warm temperatures, low humidity and strong winds.

Livingston said Thursday that the more than

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Winds fuel state’s largest wildfire Sunday

The largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history topped 200,000 acres Sunday, becoming the first known fire in the state to grow that large.

Cameron Peak fire map as of Oct. 18, 2020

The blaze grew to about 317 square miles, or 203,253 acres, according to fire officials. It is about 62% contained, and firefighters were helped by lower winds and higher humidity Saturday night.

The favorable weather is expected to continue Sunday, but fire officials are still concerned about “significant fire activity” along the unsecured perimeter of the fire, according to a Sunday update.

The fire is mostly unsecured along the east and south perimeters, including a branch of fire that spread east during high winds last week. Crews will work to build containment lines along those areas Sunday, spokesman Dave Stephan said.

“The plan is to build a line all the way across the south edge of the fire

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Strong winds fan Colorado’s largest recorded wildfire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The largest wildfire in Colorado history grew overnight as high winds pushed the blaze through rural communities and the forecast predicts more “extreme fire behavior” on Saturday.

Gusts of up to 70 mph (112 kph) overnight created “very significant” fire activity, especially along the southeast section, said Cass Cairns, a spokeswoman for the Cameron Peak fire efforts.

“The plan today is to try to hold the fire to the east,” Paul Delmerico, operations chief for the Cameron Peak fire said early Saturday. “We’re facing the same critical fire conditions today as we did yesterday.”


They’re expecting gusts of 60 mph (96 kph) midday, he said.

The fire grew to 293 square miles (759 square kilometers) by Saturday morning and was 57% contained.

Boulder County fire officials reported a new fire had sparked west of Boulder on Saturday afternoon. The Boulder Office of Emergency Management said on

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