*TROPICAL STORM ETA UPDATE #05*
As of the 7PM advisory, ETA continues its trek north at 12MPH, located just off the coast of Clearwater. Eta is expected to gradually turn northeast, expecting to make landfall sometime in the early morning hours between Cedar Key and Crystal River.
Sustained winds of 30-35 MPH, gusting to 40-45 MPH are forecast to arrive in our area after midnight, and likely lasting through most of the morning hours, before gradually subsiding during the afternoon.
As has been discussed much of the day, ETA is a wind event more so than rain. Most areas can expect to see 1-2″ of rain, with some higher amounts possible in certain areas.
The biggest concern as a result of the wind is downed trees or branches and possibly power lines. We ask that you avoid travel overnight if at all possible. Should you come across a downed power line, please turn around and do NOT attempt to drive over, or around the line.
In the event of a power outage:
Duke customers may report outages the following ways:
1.) Visit https://www.duke-energy.com on a desktop computer or mobile device.
2.) Use the Duke Energy mobile app (download the Duke Energy App on your smartphone via Apple Store or Google Play).
3.) Text OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply).
4.) Call Duke Energy’s automated outage-reporting system at 800-228-8485 .
Clay Electric customers may call 888-434-9844.
Central Florida Electric customers can report by:
1.) Clicking the “report outage” button at https://www.cfec.com/
2.) By calling 800-227-1302.
3.) Through the CFEC Connect app.
Alachua County’s rumor control line will remain active and staffed through the night by dialing 311. To report a NON-emergency incident to Police or Fire, please dial 352-955-1818. In the event of an EMERGENCY, DIAL 911.
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