MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Eta is expected to re-strengthen as it meanders over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
The storm made landfall on Monday night in Lower Matecumbe Key in the Florida Keys as a strong Tropical Storm with 65 mph winds.
On Monday afternoon, Eta weakened a bit as it continued moving away from South Florida.
Eta is moving toward the southwest near 9 mph, and this motion with a reduction in forward speed is expected tonight.
Little overall motion is forecast on Tuesday and a slow northward motion is expected Tuesday night and Wednesday.
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On the forecast track, the center of Eta will remain over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico tonight through Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts.
Some strengthening will be possible tonight and Tuesday. Gradual weakening is expected to begin by late Wednesday and then continue through the end of the week.
The storm is no longer expected to become a hurricane.