Hurricane Eta Update

Tropical Storm EtaIn response to Hurricane Eta, Alachua County has included the Hurricane into our existing Local State of Emergency.  We are currently under a Tropical Storm Warning. Rainfall in this event is expected to be 1 to 1.5 inches with possible pockets of 2 to 3 inches. At this time, winds of 37 to 44 mph are expected at 8 a.m. Thursday morning. By noon they are expected to be 26 to 29 mph. Please secure your yard and bring in any items that could become projectiles.

Except for essential public safety services, all County offices will be closed tomorrow.

Important information:

  • Public Schools, UF, and Santa Fe College are closed tomorrow.
  • There are no shelter openings planned at this time.
  • The 311 Rumor Control phone number is now active. Please use it to verify the most up to the minute information on Hurricane Eta. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. For emergencies that are not life-threatening, call 352-955-1818. 
  • Tomorrow’s trash collection, yard clippings, and recycling have been postponed and will resume on Friday. Collection Centers, the Household Hazardous Waste Center, and the Transfer Station are also closed tomorrow.
  • All County parks and conservation lands are closed tomorrow.
  • Public safety vehicles and responders will stay out unless wind speeds make responding too dangerous. The service will resume as soon as it is safe.
  • If you live in a manufactured home or low-lying area, please make sure you have a contingency plan to stay with someone or in a hotel.


For more information, contact Alachua County Communications Director Mark Sexton at 352-264-6979 or msexton@alachuacounty.us.

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