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LIVE UPDATES: Courtney Campbell Causeway reopens after Tropical Storm Eta pummels bridge

Flooding from Tropical Storm Eta has impacted parts of the Tampa Bay region.

TAMPA, Fla — As the greater Tampa Bay area is being impacted by Tropical Storm Eta, 10 Tampa Bay is bringing you the latest information. 

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Key updates:

  • The Courtney Campbell Causeway reopened Thursday afternoon
  • Tropical Storm Eta is causing flooding across the Tampa Bay area
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 21 Florida counties
  • Eta made its second Florida landfall around 4 a.m. Thursday
  • Damage reports are still coming into our newsroom as the sun comes up on what Tropical Storm Eta left behind.

Below are live Eta updates for Nov. 12, 2020. 

2:13 p.m.

People are finding walking catfish in their yards in Palmetto.

1:59 p.m.

The eastbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway have reopened after a massive cleanup effort following Tropical Storm Eta's arrival. All eastbound and westbound lanes are now back open.

11:12 a.m.

MacDill Air Force Base has announced that all 6th Air Refueling Wing Medical Facilities are closed today, Nov. 12. That includes the MacDill 6 MDG clinic, the Sabal Park clinic, and the drive-through pharmacy. Normal operations are scheduled to resume Friday.

10:12 a.m.

Railroad gates at Keene Road and Flagler Drive in Clearwater were damaged overnight when Tropical Storm Eta passed through. Clearwater police say CSX crews are working to repair them.

9:31 a.m.

The recreational trails next to the Courtney Campbell Causeway also remain closed because of debris from Tropical Storm Eta.

The eastbound lanes of the bridge are still closed Thursday morning because of debris pushed into the roadway overnight as the storm passed through.

9:24 a.m.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Bloomingdale Avenue at Bell Shoals Road in Brandon is no longer submerged in water. Construction crews have been pumping the standing war out of the roadway.

9:20 a.m.

PSTA bus service in Pinellas County will resume service at noon Thursday. That includes all routes and paratransit.

9:10 a.m.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday following closure due to Tropical Storm Eta.

8:37 a.m.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says deputies were busy clearing roads of storm debris and kept a "watchful eye" as water accumulated on several streets. 

8:35 a.m.

Clearwater Police say it will likely take several hours for the eastbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Bridge to reopen. The lanes are covered in debris from the overnight impacts of Tropical Storm Eta. 

8:28 a.m.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is back open, Florida Highway Patrol says. 

7:40 a.m. 

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deployed its high water rescue teams throughout the county overnight. The sheriff's office says teams rescued 33 people from homes and roadways. 

Deputies say most of the rescued were around the Pass-a-Grille area in South St. Pete Beach north to Madeira Beach. 

Those rescued were taken to area hotels or other shelters. No injuries were reported as a result of the rescues. 

Deputies say they have been working overnight to make sure roadways are safe and removed fallen trees and branches from the roads. The sheriff's office continues to work with County Highway crews to further clear the roadways.

Deputies say there aren't any road closures currently, but teams are assessing roads throughout the county and will provide updates when available.  

7:30 a.m.

Clearwater Police say the eastbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Bridge remain closed. The city tweeted just before 7 a.m. all lanes were open. The city has since Clearwater Police tells 10 Tampa Bay they are working with the city to clarify.

 

7:10 a.m.

Tampa International Airport is back open and has resumed normal operations. TPA says all passengers should check on their flight status with their airline before coming to the airport.

7 a.m. 

Sarasota County Area Transit will operate at usual times today. Trash and recycling schedules will continue on schedule, with the exception of North Casey Key Road and Manasota Key at Blind Pass Road, where there will be no service today. 

6:56 a.m.

All lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway are back open.  

6:15 a.m.

The Sarasota Bradenton Airport has reopened. The airport says travelers should check with their airlines directly for flight statuses. 

Airport representatives say there was no damage to the airport from Tropical Storm Eta.

5:58 a.m.

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) is preparing to restart service on all bus routes, the TECO Line Streetcar and HART SMART AV service beginning at Noon Nov. 12.

4:23 a.m.

Tropical Storm Eta makes its second landfall in the state near Cedar Key after bringing strong winds and heavy rain to the Tampa Bay area.

Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

2:49 a.m.

Downtown Tampa looked quite different for a late-night stroll as storm surge left behind by Tropical Storm Eta lingers in some of the city's hotspots.

1:26 a.m.

An areal flood warning has been issued for several greater Tampa Bay area counties until 4:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service reports an additional 1-3 inches of rainfall are possible in the "warned area."

Here are the counties: 

  • Hardee County
  • Polk County
  • Sumter County
  • DeSoto County
  • Hernando County
  • Hillsborough County
  • Manatee County
  • Pasco County
  • Pinellas County
  • Sarasota County

11:20 p.m. (Nov. 11)

The Courtney Campbell Causeway is closed in both directions due to Tropical Storm Eta. And, there's a roadblock affecting at least two lanes along the Howard Frankland Bridge.

7:51 p.m. (Nov. 11)

Gov. DeSantis said FEMA granted a pre-landfall emergency declaration for Tropical Storm Eta. This means Florida can get federal resources quicker in response to impacts from the storm.

6:46 p.m. (Nov.11)

Crews were called out to a home on Bradenton Beach for a report of possible electrocution at a home with standing water inside. 

Once the area was de-energized, the crews found the person had died, according to Manatee County Public Safety Director Jacob Saur.

Officials also report that a firefighter suffered a minor shock in response to the electrocution. They are said to be OK.

4:41 p.m. (Nov. 11)

City leaders confirm the roof blew off an unoccupied manufactured home in Venice. They tell us it happened around 10:30 a.m. at Firenze Avenue E. & Cockrill Street in the Municipal Mobile Home Park. Nobody was hurt.

    

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