9-27-22 11 a.m. Hurricane Ian Update – Weather Update and School Closures

Press release from Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Tropical Storm Watches are in effect for Alachua, Marin, Clay, Bradford, Putnam, and Gilchrist Counties and along the Coastal areas from Flagler Beach to Altamaha. A Flood Watch is in effect for much of Northeast Florida. There is increasing confidence that Alachua County will experience flooding rain and isolated tornadoes due to the storm. Tropical Storm force winds are expected as early as Wednesday afternoon, but most likely late Wednesday night into early Thursday. Heavy rainfall will likely start on Wednesday and continue into Friday. Heavy rainfall impacts will likely include urban/localized flash flooding. Minor to moderate river flooding will be possible with moderate river flooding potential for Santa Fe. The National Weather Service Jacksonville (NWS) is predicting 8-10 inches of rain county-wide. NWS predicts 10-15 inches of rain in Southeast Alachua County.

Alachua County is under a Local State of Emergency. It is now imperative that residents have their hurricane kits and plans in place. Residents should text ALACHUA to 888-777 to receive important storm text updates. For those who live in flood-prone areas, an evacuation plan is crucial. 

The Alachua County school district, University of Florida, and Santa Fe College will be closed Wednesday through Friday due to the threat posed by Hurricane Ian.

Alachua County has activated the 311 Emergency Information Line. This is for questions and rumor control.

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