The storm may also re-strengthen into a hurricane.
Hurricane seasons has been especially heavy this year, with 11 different named storms landing on US soil. Increase in global ocean temperature caused by climate change have led to stronger, more frequent storms, and the west as a whole has been feeling its collective effects for months. Currently, Tropical Storm Eta is moving through Central America, bombarding communities with heavy rainfall and powerful winds. Typically, powerful storms die down when moving over Central America, but if current radar predictions are to be believed, it may not be that simple.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Eta is projected to move through the waters of the Caribbean as it leaves Central America. These warmer oceans will likely reinvigorate the storm and keep it moving northward. Assuming the storm keeps on its current projected path, it could make landfall in Cuba by Sunday, followed by landfall in southern Florida on Monday.
In the event Eta makes landfall in the United States, it will set a new record for most named storms in the country in a single storm season. Complicating matters further is the potential the tropical storm could escalate once again into a low-strength hurricane, likely around category 1. If this happens, a second record would be broken for most hurricane landfalls in the US.
Radar models are still inconclusive as to how badly the storm will affect Florida, if at all. Meteorologists believe that the drier climate of Cuba may help to shrink the storm somewhat, and it may only graze Florida instead of hitting it directly. As for where it will hit, again, estimations are still being made, but the most likely target seems to be western coast near Cape Coral.