Storm Eta floods parts of South Florida as it churns over Gulf of Mexico

(Reuters) – On Monday, following landfall in the Keys, tropical Storm Eta released torrential rain in southern Floride, flooding and district regions and wiping out thousands of electricity while passing over the Gulf of Mexico.

A National Hurricane Center advice indicated that Eta, situated 30 miles west-south-west from Dry Tortugas and moving into the Gulf, could trigger life-threatening flash flooding in south-west Florida.

In Broward City, the south-eastern portion of the state's peninsula, streets were fully submerged in water in residential and industrial areas, footage on Twitter reveals.

Danielle Taylor, 26 years old, wading deep down the street and ramming canoes from her home in a suburban area in Weston, Florida.

She said that she had watched cars drive down the flooded road, not among the more than four hundred thousand customers in Florida who didn't have power on Monday, according to poweroutage.us.

She said in a telephone conversation, "They were struggling."

On the southern tip of Florida, a powerful tropical tempest with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 km / hr) was just before midnight, at Lower Matecumbe Key, an archipelago in southern florida.

Earlier this Sunday, central Cuba was pounded by torrential rain, river banks broke, and in some towering cities flash floods.

The storm was projected on South Florida to drop between 2 and 4 inches of rain on Monday, adding up to a maximum of 18 inches in some regions, the NHC advisory said.

Eta was predicted to dip south-west on Monday before turning north-easterly by Wednesday, said the NHC.

Eta may also pose a danger to Florida later this week, even if it moves offshore, it added.

"Eta will reach the Florida Gulf Coast as a tropical storm later this week and will have effects from the surge of rain , wind and hurricane," the advisory said.

(Gabriella Borter's report; Heinrich's editing)

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