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            Tropical Storm Eta: What should Alabama expect?

            Hurricane Eta satellite

            Tropical Storm Eta was moving closer to landfall on Florida's west coast as of Wednesday afternoon. It has weakened to a tropical storm after being upgraded briefly to a hurricane earlier this morning.

            Eta continued to move closer to landfall in western Florida on Wednesday but has weakened from a minimal hurricane to a tropical storm with 65 mph winds.

            Eta’s forecast track has changed rather dramatically since earlier this week, when the projected path made a beeline straight to the Florida Panhandle and Alabama was in the so-called “cone of uncertainty.”

            That all changed on Tuesday, when forecast models shifted eastward, and then eastward again, and now shows landfall between Cedar Key and the Tampa area on Florida’s west coast:

            Here’s Eta’s forecast path as of 9 p.m. CST Wednesday:

            Tropical Storm Eta track 9 p.m. Wednesday

            Eta was briefly a Category 1 hurricane this morning but has weakened to a tropical storm as of Wednesday night. The storm now appears headed for landfall in west Florida by Thursday.

            Alabama is no longer in the cone, and most of the state will feel no effects from the storm.

            Eta strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane earlier this morning but weakened slightly and had 65 mph winds as of late Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

            As of 9 p.m. CST Wednesday the center of Eta was about 60 miles west-northwest of Tampa and was moving north at 12 mph.

            The Florida peninsula is in line to get the worst weather from Eta, but what about Alabama?

            Most of the state won’t feel any effects from Eta, except along the coast, according to the National Weather Service.

            A cold front moving through the state is what’s bringing higher rain chances to Alabama today, but that is expected to push through today into Thursday.

            As of Eta, there will be a high risk of rip currents along the Alabama and northwest Florida coasts through Friday, according to forecasters:

            Rip current forecast

            A high risk of rip currents will be in place through Friday for Alabama and northwest Florida beaches.

            That means the water will be dangerous for all levels of swimmers.

            A small craft advisory will be in effect starting tonight for the Alabama and western Florida Panhandle. Seas could be from 6-8 feet and winds could be from 15-25 mph.

            Eta could actually bring some drier air over the state on the backside of its circulation.

            Skies statewide are expected to clear on Thursday and Friday and stay mostly dry and rain-free through much of the weekend.

            An area of high pressure is expected to build in over the state, leading to drier and slightly cooler conditions into Sunday.

            HOWEVER ....

            Hurricane season is not over just yet. The National Hurricane Center is also watching a tropical wave in the Caribbean that could become the next tropical depression or storm as soon as this weekend. Its headed for the western Caribbean, but it’s unclear if it will eventually be a problem for the U.S.:

            tropical outlook Wednesday afternoon

            A tropical wave in the Caribbean could become a depression by this weekend.

            The next storm name will be Iota. Hurricane season will finally come to a close on Nov. 30 (hopefully).