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Live updates: Tropical Storm Eta impacts Southwest Florida area

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 18:53:10-05

Wednesday, November 11th

6:07 PM

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.

6:05 PM

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.

4:53 PM

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.

3:27 PM

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.

3:15 PM

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.

2:13 PM

Flood Warning: Water covers First Street and Park Avenue at the base of the Caloosahatchee Bridge.

2:06 PM

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.

1:30 PM

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

1:00 PM

The Punta Gorda Police Department is reporting roadway flooding in the downtown area of the city. Avoid the area if possible.

12:52 PM
After school activities at Collier County Public Schools are scheduled to resume as planned, moving outdoor activities inside.

12:40 PM

Heads up for Lee County bus riders.
The district says to expect delays in the Sanibel and Matlacha area.

12:24 PM

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.

12:01 PM

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

11:00 AM

HURRICANE ETA UPDATE: Trent Aric - Meteorologist has the latest info on Hurricane Eta.

10:08 AM
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

A Captain on Matlacha tells me rescue crews were called out after boats started breaking loose and taking on water. At...

Posted by Jessica Alpern on Wednesday, November 11, 2020

8:02 AM

WEATHER ALERT: ETA becomes a Hurricane Eta gains strength to become a Category 1 Hurricane.

WEATHER ALERT: ETA becomes a Hurricane Eta gains strength to become a Category 1 Hurricane. Impacts for SWFL here>>>>http://on.fox4now.com/2nQqhCK

Posted by Fox 4 on Wednesday, November 11, 2020

7:21 AM

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.

6:51 AM

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.