Wednesday, November 11th
Traffic has been reopened on the Matlacha Bridge. Lee County Sheriff's Office said the boat has been secured and the bridge will continue to be monitored overnight.
Around 9,000 Florida Power and Light personnel are working to restore power due to the impacts Eta has had on the state's west coast. FPL said the storm will impact other regions of the state including central and north Florida as it continues to pass through.
Eta moves by SWFL, but the Lee Country Sheriff's Office is alerting drivers that the Sanibel Causeway could be intermittently closed depending on weather conditions.
Crews with the Cape Coral Fire Department were able to remove this fallen tree from the roof of this home. The fallen tree put a hole into the roof, which fire crews were able to cover with a tarp to keep further water damage from getting inside until the residents can get it repaired.
High tide waves from Tropical Storm Eta hit the shore of Bayshore Live Oak Park located in Charlotte. A refuge was also opened in Charlotte County at Centennial Park Recreation Center for residents living in low-lying or flood-prone areas.
Flood Warning: Water covers First Street and Park Avenue at the base of the Caloosahatchee Bridge.
Take a look: Charlotte County Parks and Recreation shows significant wave action at Englewood Beach. Gulf Coast ports are at Condition Zulu prohibiting vessel traffic.
Hurricane hunters have determined that Eta has weakened back to a tropical storm. This does not change the potential hazards with a continuation of wind, rain and storm surge for the Florida west coast through tonight.
FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY
The Punta Gorda Police Department is reporting roadway flooding in the downtown area of the city. Avoid the area if possible.
There is some localized roadway flooding in the area of downtown Punta Gorda. Some local roads may be temporarily closed until the water subsides. Please avoid the area if possible. #TropicalStormEta— Punta Gorda Police Department (@pgpdfl) November 11, 2020
After school activities at Collier County Public Schools are scheduled to resume as planned, moving outdoor activities inside.
All CCPS after-school programs and activities will continue as planned. Any scheduled outside activities will be moved inside. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/3DmxNnxl57— Collier County Public Schools (@collierschools) November 11, 2020
Heads up for Lee County bus riders.
The district says to expect delays in the Sanibel and Matlacha area.
Buses in the areas of Sanibel and Matlacha are experiencing delays due to bridge closures. All bus riders will be delivered safely, but do expect delays. Thank you for your continued patience.— School District of Lee County (@LeeSchools) November 11, 2020
LCEC (Lee County Electric Company) is reporting outages in the Southwest Florida area.
According to a tweet, they will dispatch crews when it is safe to do so.
There are some customers out of power right now. Crews are aware and making repairs as soon as it is safe to do so. If you experience an outage due to the storm, please report through #SmartHub or by phone. #Eta #HurricaneEta #TropicalStormEta pic.twitter.com/rGYnZcwh2u— LCEC (@LCECSWFL) November 11, 2020
FLOODING ON FMB: This video was sent to FOX 4's Amy Wegmann by viewer, Mark Underwood￼. San Carlos Blvd. near the Pink shell resort is completely flooded because of Hurricane Eta Fox 4￼
The Sanibel Causeway is experiencing heavy rain and flooding. We are encouraging that motorists avoid the area at this time. Updates to follow.. pic.twitter.com/io8jbVBTJr— Lee County Sheriff (@leesheriff) November 11, 2020
HURRICANE ETA UPDATE: Trent Aric - Meteorologist has the latest info on Hurricane Eta.
A Captain on Matlacha tells me rescue crews were called out after boats started breaking loose and taking on water. At least one sank. Crews were able to rescue passengers of the boat pictured and are working to secure the boat. A sailboat also broke loose here. #HurricaneEta
WEATHER ALERT: ETA becomes a Hurricane Eta gains strength to become a Category 1 Hurricane.
TRACKING ETA: Take a look at the water on Fort Myers Beach. A tropical storm warning, storm surge watch & flash flood watch are in effect. FOX 4's Jessica Alpern is live bringing you the latest.
HAPPENING NOW: Eta is bringing us Tropical Storm conditions again. How does the weather look where you are this morning? FOX 4's Lauren Petrelli is live outside of the Cape Coral Yacht Club.