ACCORDING TO ETA: OFFICIALS ASK STORM DAMAGE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

Although the center of the storm was near the middle buttons, there was little wind or rain, as this screenshot from the My Radar app shows. The Upper Keys suffered the worst damage with decrepit trees and power outages. Contributed

THEMonroe County officials examined the damage from Tropical Storm Eta on Monday morning.

According to Jon Rizzo of the West Weather Service office in Key West, the highest gust of wind was 71 miles per hour, measured at the Carysfort Lighthouse, east of Key Largo. Another unofficial report of a gust of wind of 58 mph was recorded at Rock Harbor.

“We have received reports of winds blowing over 50 mph from Tavernier to Ocean Reef for several hours from around midnight to dawn on November 9,” he said.

The highest reported rainfall occurred at MM 106, with 4.78 inches of rain being recorded.

Monroe County opened accommodations at Coral Shores High School and Key West High School. On the morning of November 9th, there was only one person left at CSHS and 20 stayed at KWHS. The shelters will be completely closed today and the facilities cleaned in preparation for the resumption of lessons according to the B timetable on Tuesday, November 10th.

According to the weather service, the eye of tropical storm Eta moved over Lower Matecumbe at 11 p.m.

In the Upper Keys, district officials said four homes caused “significant” damage from falling trees. Road works are also required at MM 110-111, where potholes have appeared. The Florida Keys Electric Cooperative reported that approximately 1,000 customers were affected by power outages. On November 9th at 3 p.m., more than 200 customers were still without power.

“A big thank you to our electricity suppliers,” said Roman Gastesi, Head of Monroe County. “I’ve lived here long enough to remember that the power would go out for days when it blows 25 and 35 mph.”

In fact, one of two main transmission lines into the keys has failed, but the utility said only one is getting good power to the keys. The repairs are expected to be completed on November 9th at 5:00 p.m.

The worst flooding occurred in the Upper Keys on Oceanside, as well as in Barnes and Card Sounds and Blackwater Sound.

The rest of the Florida Keys experienced Tropical Storm Eta very differently. As Rizzo had predicted before the storm landed, the heaviest rains and winds were on the outer edges of the storm. When it went over the Middle Keys, a hole opened with little wind or rain.

“The winds were weaker on the south side of the system as well as near the center,” said Rizzo. “A few thousand feet up the winds were 30 to 40 miles an hour, but it takes heavy showers and gusts to get the wind to the ground.” “We also had sprinkles and drizzle in the middle and lower keys, while the upper keys experienced heavy showers and lightning strikes. In fact, the rain totals in South Florida (on the mainland) were much higher – in the double digits. “

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