1. Various of Mo Taggert's sailboat washed ashore, as she moves items off her boat
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mo Taggert, Sailboat owner:
"It wasn't raining that bad, but it got bad quick. So, we decided to book a hotel right down the street and, I mean, it got real bad. We started getting messages that boats were on shore. And then, you know, there's like six boats on shore. All of a sudden, I get a message that my boat is on shore at around like 10:30 at night. Both my anchor line snapped, so even my back up. I mean, it was a disaster. I mean, I came out here and my boat's just up against the seawall, just smashing, smashing. And I thought I could save it at first. But after, like, an hour of working at it with a few other guys, I realized it was gone."
3. Boat washed ashore
4. Taggert on her boat
5. Close of anchor
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mo Taggert, Sailboat owner:
"Everyone out here on the water is really close, and I've already been offered, you know, a place to stay with them on their boats; a couple boats that no one stays on, I can crash there."
Tropical Storm Eta dumped torrents of blustery rain on Florida's west coast as it moved over the state after making landfall north of the heavily populated Tampa Bay area Thursday morning.
The storm slogged ashore near Cedar Key, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph).
The National Hurricane Center in Miami predicted Eta would then move northeast across Florida as it loses strength.
Eta briefly gained hurricane strength Wednesday morning, but forecasters said it later weakened to tropical storm status.
Mo Taggart's sailboat was among six others that washed ashore during the storm.
"I came out here and my boat's just up against the seawall, just smashing, smashing. And I thought I could save it at first. But after, like, an hour of working at it with a few other guys, I realized it was gone," she told The Associated Press.
Taggert lives among a close-nit boating community near the mouth of Tampa Bay just off of Gulfport, Florida.
"We've been tracking this storm for weeks, just keeping an eye on probable tracks, intensity, things like that, and figuring out where to go," said Rob Cox, who rode out the storm aboard his sailboat.
Eta was the 28th named storm of a busy Atlantic hurricane season, tying the 2005 record for named storms. And late Monday, it was followed by the 29th storm, Theta, located far out in the Atlantic Ocean hundreds of miles from the Azores.