(AP) – Eta regained hurricane strength Wednesday morning as Florida braced for a second hit from the storm. The storm’s maximum sustained winds increased to around 75 mph off Florida’s southwest coast.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a hurricane watch for a 120-mile stretch that includes Tampa and St. Petersburg. The storm has been in the Gulf of Mexico since crossing over South Florida on Sunday.
The latest hurricane watch extends from Anna Maria Island, which is south of St. Petersburg, to Yankeetown.