The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for most of Florida's West Coast, including Charlotte, Sarasota and Lee counties, Wednesday morning.

Further, a tornado watch has been issued for Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties.

Charlotte County announced schools are closed Wednesday  and Sarasota County Schools said it will be ending its school day two hours.

The Charlotte County school district made its announcement around 6 a.m. Wednesday through emails and automated phone calls to parents.

"Upon further study we have decided in the best interest of our children, our staff and parents is to cancel school today (Wednesday). We hate to do this at such a late time in the morning, but it’s for the safety and well-being again of the children, staff and parents of Charlotte County public schools," the district wrote. 

There has been no announcement from DeSoto County Schools.

The city of Venice announced the closing of the Venice Municipal Fishing Pier, Humphris Park and the South Jetty walkway and the Children's Interactive Fountain in Centennial Park because of the weather. 

"They will reopen when conditions improve, as determined by the city," it said in an email. 

The National Weather Service reported Tropical Storm Eta now has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, making it just below hurricane strength. The NWS also issued a Storm Surge Watch for the coast of West-Central and Southwest Florida.

For the latest on Tropical Storm Eta, visit For a detailed forecast, visit and type in your ZIP code.



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