MIAMI, Florida – NOAA’s National Hurricane Center issued a Public Advisory at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, November 12, 2020, due to the presence of Tropical Storm Eta that is tracking near South Carolina.
This is the first time an Atlantic Hurricane Season has reached the name Eta in the Greek Alphabet list.
Eta is the twenty-eighth named storm of the 2020 season which ties the record for the number of named storms set in 2005.
Tropical Storm Eta is located about 65 miles east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and is moving to the northeast at 17 mph (28 km/h).
NHC forecasters say that a faster northeastward motion is expected over the next day or two.
On the NHC forecast track, Eta is expected to gradually pull away from the southeast U.S. coast.
Eta has maximum sustained winds near 45 mph (75 km/h), with higher gusts.
Little change in strength is forecast through early Friday.
Eta could intensify a little as a non-tropical cyclone during the next day or so before it becomes absorbed by a larger non-tropical cyclone on Saturday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center of the tropical cyclone.
September 10 was the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season where tropical cyclone activity significantly increases. But hurricane season still remains at an increased level of activity through the first half of November, according to NOAA and the National Weather Service’s historical data.
NOAA and Colorado State University forecast an “extremely active” 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season which runs from June 1 through November 30.