November 9, 2020 – The 2020 hurricane season is continuing and the administration at Santa Fe College is monitoring Tropical Storm Eta as it spins off the coast of southwest Florida. Eta is the 28th named storm of the season, tying the record set in 2005. Eta made landfall in Nicaragua Nov. 3, as a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds peaking at 150 mph. Late Sunday night Eta made landfall in the Florida Keys.
As of the Monday, Nov. 9, 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time report, Tropical Storm Eta is off the southwestern Florida coast and is moving W at 13 mph with sustained winds of 65 mph. The storm is currently expected to track toward the southwest through Tuesday, before moving north and northeast back toward the Florida peninsula. The storm is also expected to gain strength and become a hurricane. For the Santa Fe College service district of Alachua and Bradford counties, breezy, rainy conditions are expected for the next few days, with tropical storm force winds possible Friday into early Saturday morning.
Santa Fe College administrators and the college’s Emergency Management team are monitoring the storm and are meeting regularly to provide students, faculty and staff any needed information as it becomes available.
Santa Fe College faculty and staff are encouraged to go to eStaff and verify that their emergency contact information is up to date. Students can also update their emergency contact information at eSantaFe. In the event of a closure, or other emergency information, the college will send notifications through text messages, phone calls and other means to alert the college community.
All updates will also be provided on the SF Weather Alerts page.