Eta remains a tropical storm as Florida prepares for 2nd hit

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (AP) — Eta has remained a tropical storm as it prepares to skirt past the heavily populated Tampa Bay region in Florida.

Forecasters said Wednesday that the storm would crash ashore in the coming hours somewhere along the Gulf of Mexico coast to the north.

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The storm’s maximum sustained winds remained at about 70 mph off Florida’s west coast as it moved northward.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Eta was located Wednesday afternoon about 85 miles south of St. Petersburg and was moving north at 12 mph.

No serious damage or flooding was immediately reported.