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Manatee County Prepares for Tropical Storm Eta

As Eta makes its way toward Southwest Florida, Manatee County Emergency officials have issued a voluntary evacuation notice for residents of Anna Maria Island and other low-lying, flood-prone areas.

Anna Maria Island is now in the southernmost edge of a Tropical Storm Warning and has been issued a storm surge warning by the National Weather Service.

The Sunshine Skyway has closed to traffic and All Manatee County area Transit operations were suspended as of 1 p.m.

Manatee County Public Schools have shifted to an e-learning schedule for the remainder of the week, and two schools are being opened for public shelters of last resort.

Manatee County commissioners declared a local state of emergency last night ahead of the storm's arrival.

Tropical storm winds are expected to begin in Manatee County by 2 p.m. and last into the night.

Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and was also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.