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Tornado Watch Issued Until 7 p.m.

March 20, 2018 - The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a TORNADO WATCH for most of north and central Florida including Alachua and Bradford counties until 7 p.m.

A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions are favorable for the development of supercell thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes.

The NWS has indicated that the most severe thunderstorms could impact Santa Fe College and the surrounding areas between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. with the potential for heavy rain, damaging winds, hail and the potential for tornadoes.

Winds are expected to increase into the 20-25 mph range with possible gusts over 40 possible.

Santa Fe College’s Emergency Management Team is monitoring the situation and will provide updates as they become available.

For additional weather information, visit https://www.weather.gov/jax.

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More Severe Weather Expected Tuesday

March 20, 2018 – The National Weather Service (NWS) says there is an enhanced risk of severe weather throughout North Central Florida today. The Santa Fe College Emergency Management team is monitoring all information that comes in from the NWS regarding the storm and advising college administration of all potential hazards.

Although the inclement weather can occur at any time, the NWS estimates the worst part of the storm could impact all SF properties between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Isolated thunderstorms are expected to develop during the morning hours which have the potential for heavy rains and dangerously strong winds. Winds are expected to increase throughout the day to around 25 mph with gusts over 40 mph through the late afternoon/early evening hours.

Thunderstorm activity is expected it increase across the region as a cold front moves through. Thunderstorms may be strong to severe with more damaging winds, large hail and the possibility of tornadoes.

The threat of wind and rain will diminish into the evening and overnight hours.

At this point, SF remains open and has no immediate plans to change that status. All SF students, faculty and staff should take any precautions they feel necessary to ensure their safety.

For weather updates visit  http://www.weather.gov/jax/ .

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Potential Severe Weather Threat Through Tuesday, March 20

March 19, 2018 – The National Weather Service (NWS) is monitoring severe storms expected to impact North Central Florida through Tuesday afternoon. Santa Fe College Emergency Management officials are in contact with the NWS and will provide updates and information as it becomes available.

Storms entered the region early Monday morning with heavy rains and severe winds. The storms were strong enough to knock down trees, cutting power off to customers of regional power providers.

Forecasters say the strong winds and rains are expected for the area until the evening hours today, when the rain should temporarily subside.

A cold front is expected to move into the area overnight and bring additional, and potentially more damaging storms to North Central Florida starting early Tuesday morning.

Although there are currently no plans to close the college, SF students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take whatever steps they deem necessary to ensure their personal safety.

 For weather updates visit  http://www.weather.gov/jax/ .

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SFPD Searching for Suspect in Attempted Armed Robbery

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March 14, 2018 – The Santa Fe College Police Department is looking for a man wanted in connection with an attempted armed robbery near the Northwest Campus.

Authorities say an adult victim was walking on NW 83rd Street just north of the SF campus when he was approached by an armed man at about 5:20 a.m. The victim emptied his pockets and when the suspect saw he had no valuables, the suspect ran off into the direction of the North Woods. Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputies along with SFPD have not been able to locate the suspect at this point.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 40-50 years of age, 6 feet tall, “scruffy,” with facial hair. He was last seen wearing a grey dirty or old sweatshirt with hood and blue jeans. He was armed with what looked like a handgun.

If anyone sees a similarly described subject anywhere, first ensure your own safety, then call 911.

Since the subject was last seen near the North Woods, please avoid that area. These are located north of North Road between the Northridge neighborhood and the SF NW campus.

https://news.sfcollege.edu/2018/03/14/sfpd-searching-for-suspect-in-attempted-armed-robbery/

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Additional Resources

Weather Channel
UF Weather Center
WCJB TV-20 Weather
Ready.gov: Preparing for Hurricanes
National Weather Service
Gainesville Traffic & Road

Contact Information

SF Police, emergency
352-395-5555 (or dial 911)

SF Police, non-emergency
352-395-5519