On Wednesday, Tropical Storm Eta approached Florida’s West Coast. That morning, the storm was downgraded from a Category 1 Hurricane to a Tropical Storm. 

Manatee County was expected to see the worst from Eta late Wednesday evening. Around 7:30pm, The National Weather Service issued a flood warning as heavy rain fell.

Two shelters opened at 12pm at Manatee High School in Bradenton and Mills Elementary in Palmetto. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, capacity was reduced. 

As Eta approached, all of West Central Florida, including Manatee County, was under a tornado warning. 

Eta caused hundreds of power outages, fortunately most of which have already been restored. 

Fortunately, the worst is over! As always, stay safe during inclement weather. Check out our hurricane safety tips to learn more!