Source: Tampa Bay Times (Link)
It was only a tropical storm.
In November 2020, Eta’s eye brushed by Tampa Bay, winds blowing about 70 mph offshore.
The storm sent waves crashing onto the Howard Frankland Bridge, flooded thousands of properties and caused millions of dollars in damage, stunning people who expected a soft blow.
Within a generation, the toll could be much worse. Eta, hitting as tides peaked, was a preview of the way sea level rise around Tampa Bay will make even weak storms more destructive.