National Weather Service Monitoring Potential Tropical System

Map of potential tropical storm development currently over the Yucatan peninsula

May 24, 2018 – Although the 2018 hurricane season is still just over a week away, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) are monitoring a low-pressure system near the Yucatan Peninsula that has the potential to develop into a more organized storm.

According to NHC projections, there is about a 40 percent chance the system develops into a tropical or subtropical storm by Saturday, and an 80 percent chance of development over the next five days.

Santa Fe College has an Emergency Management team and will schedule meetings accordingly if any storm appears to have the potential of significantly impacting the students, faculty and staff of SF.

Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is forecast over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week. Areas in and around Gainesville could see 3 inches of rainfall or more over the next week. There is also the threat of rip currents along Florida’s Gulf coast over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Florida Legislature approved a weeklong sales tax holiday, beginning June 1, on items ranging from batteries, flashlights, coolers, tarps, gasoline cans and generators.