News

Tropical storm Eta kills four with one man ELECTROCUTED in floodwater as Florida and North Carolina slammed

TROPICAL Storm Eta has killed four people – including one man who was electrocuted in Florida – as Florida and North Carolina have been slammed.

Eta made landfall just north of Tampa Bay on Thursday, where it triggered flooding but didn’t produce any major damage. 

13

Tropical Storm Eta hit Florida and North Carolina this weekCredit: AP:Associated Press
At least four people have been killed because of Eta, which brought flooding

13

At least four people have been killed because of Eta, which brought floodingCredit: AP:Associated Press

According to the National Hurricane Center, Eta was roughly 90 miles south-southwest of Charleston, South Carolina, around 4pm ET on Thursday, with maximum winds of 40 mph.

While Eta has not been the most powerful storm to hit the United States this year, the tropical storm still left at least four people dead.

In Florida, a massive gator was seen prowling on a golf course as the storm hit.

The alligator had a large, long body, with long legs – prompting shock from those nearby.

The huge reptile was spotted at a golf club in Florida as Eta hit
The huge reptile was spotted at a golf club in Florida as Eta hit

In North Carolina’s Alexander County, at least three people have been confirmed dead because of the seven to 10 inches of rain the area saw overnight, causing flooding.

Officials said they were still searching for two people, including a one-year-old.

The storm was roughly 90 miles south-southwest of Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday evening

13

The storm was roughly 90 miles south-southwest of Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday eveningCredit: AP:Associated Press

In Manatee County, Florida, Mark Mixon was electrocuted while at home on Wednesday.

Officials there said the person was laying sandbags around his home when he stepped in water – and didn’t realize an appliance was plugged in.

“It was an accident,” Bradenton Beach Police Sergeant Lenard Diaz told WFLA

“I’m sure he didn’t realize the appliance was plugged in or the appliance was underwater and that’s what happens, it’s a scary situation.”

A tree snapped in half in seen here in Tampa Bay

13

A tree snapped in half in seen here in Tampa BayCredit: AP:Associated Press
A woman walks her dog past storm debris in Gulfport, Florida

13

A woman walks her dog past storm debris in Gulfport, FloridaCredit: AP:Associated Press

Diaz added a friend tried to save the man but couldn’t without electrocuting himself.

Tropical Storm Eta forced some bridges in Tampa Bay to be closed off because of storm surge, but they were reopening on Thursday. 

JP Brewer, owner of Salty’s Gulfport bar, said her restaurant along the beach was flooded from Eta.

“It was pretty bad last night when I came in,” she told The Associated Press.

The storm hasn't been the most destructive to hit the US this year

13

The storm hasn’t been the most destructive to hit the US this yearCredit: AP:Associated Press
Salty's Gulfport bar in seen here in the aftermath of Eta making landfall

13

Salty’s Gulfport bar in seen here in the aftermath of Eta making landfallCredit: AP:Associated Press
People drive through flooded areas of Tampa Bay on a golf cart on Thursday

13

People drive through flooded areas of Tampa Bay on a golf cart on ThursdayCredit: AP:Associated Press

Brewer said there were already three to four inches of water inside the restaurant before high tide.

“I’ve been here almost eight years and we’ve never had water damage,” Brewer said. “This is the worst I’ve seen.”

Firefighters in Tampa rescued around a dozen people who got stuck in storm surge flooding near the bay.

Some vehicles remained on the nearby roadway on Thursday and some nearhby neighborhoods had to evacuate. 

A store employee sweeps water out of a store

13

A store employee sweeps water out of a storeCredit: AP:Associated Press
A sailboat is seen here after it washed ashore from Eta

13

A sailboat is seen here after it washed ashore from EtaCredit: AP:Associated Press

The storm had stayed around the Gulf of Mexico since crossing over South Florida on Sunday.

The Tampa Bay region is home to more than 3.5million people across five counties along Florida’s coast. 

No mandatory evacuations were ordered, but authorities opened shelters for anyone needing them.

Local media reported that only a handful of people showed up to those shelters. 

Water flooded areas where school buses are kept

13

Water flooded areas where school buses are keptCredit: AP:Associated Press

President Donald Trump approved a federal emergency declaration for 13 counties along or near the Gulf Coast, adding them to South Florida counties the storm that were previously hit. 

Eta first hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane and killed at least 120 people in Central America and Mexico, with more people missing.

Eta is the 28th named storm to hit the US this year

13

Eta is the 28th named storm to hit the US this year Credit: AP:Associated Press

It was the 28th named storm of a busy Atlantic hurricane season, tying the 2005 record for named storms.

A 29th named system, Tropical Storm Theta, was centered on Thursday about 455 miles south-southwest of the Azores and moving east.

Scientists say climate change is to blame for stronger, wetter, more dangerous and destructive storms. 

Warning of ‘extremely active’ 2020 hurricane season with 25 named storms that may smash records



Show More

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button
Close