Tropical system approaches Florida

Nick Blank

Tropical Depression 3's projected path and landfall. Graphic courtesy of the NHC.
Tropical Depression 3’s projected path and landfall. Graphic courtesy of the NHC.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded a storm system near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to a tropical depression Sunday morning. The upgrade also brought tropical storm warnings for an area stretching from Panama City to Cape Coral.

The 11 a.m. advisory from the center says the tropical depression is approximately 550 miles southwest of Tampa, moving north at about 8 mph. Currently, the storm has sustained winds of 35 mph, just shy of a tropical storm rating. Tropical storms have sustained winds between 39 and 73 mph.

The depression is expected to develop further into Tropical Storm Colin, according to the NHC, making landfall in Florida mid-to-late Monday.

At the time of posting, the NHC forecasts Jacksonville to receive about 2-4 inches of rainfall and a 20-40% chance of tropical storm-force winds. Both numbers are subject to change, depending on the storm’s actual track.

Additional information on the storm, and updates every several hours, can be found on the NHC website. In the event any tropical storm threatens the UNF community, emergency information will be communicated to students through the means found here.

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