Polk State College is tracking Eta

Posted on by Polk Newsroom


Polk State continues to track Tropical Storm Eta. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, Eta was about 115 miles east-southeast of Marathon, Florida and moving northwest at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.

There are no changes to College operations at this time. Updates will continue to be provided on polk.edu, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Polk State is tracking Tropical Depression Eta and encourages students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to stay connected for updates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the College.

Polk State will continue to monitor the storm. The College remains open with no changes to operation hours. Updates will be provided on polk.edu, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

As of 3 p.m. Friday, Eta was approximately 115 miles east of Belize City and moving northeast at about 7 mph with maximum sustained winds at 35 mph. A northeastward motion at a faster forward speed is expected through early Sunday.  The center of Eta is forecasted to move across the northwestern Caribbean Sea tonight, approach the Cayman Islands Saturday, and be near central or western Cuba Saturday night and Sunday. Eta could bring between 1 inch to 1.5 inches of rain to the Polk County area.

Polk State urges everyone to sign up for AlertPolk and monitor messaging from Polk County Emergency Management,  Florida Division of Emergency Management, and the National Hurricane Center.

College officials also encourage students, faculty, and staff to ensure their contact information in Passport is up to date to receive emergency alerts from Polk State. Students should check under “My Details” and employees should check under “Personal” and “Change Contact Info.” Numbers entered in the “Cellular Number” field in the “Personal Information” section will be used for emergency voice and text messages.