Hurricane Ian – Update 6 – 9/27/2022

National Hurricane Center's projected storm path map for Hurricane Ian, showing the storm potentially striking anywhere between Central West Florida to Northern Florida and the Florida panhandle.

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Hurricane Ian. While some uncertainty remains about the storm’s exact path, here is what we know today:

A tropical storm watch has been issued for most of Northeast and North Central Florida to include Alachua County. A tropical storm watch means the National Hurricane Center believes tropical storm-force winds are possible in those areas within the next 48 hours.

A hurricane warning has been extended southward from the Anclote River in Pasco County to Bonita Beach. The warning includes the Tampa Bay area. Hurricane-force winds are expected in the warning areas beginning Wednesday morning.

Additionally, the National Hurricane Center believes there is a “danger of life-threatening storm surge along much of the Florida west coast where a storm surge warning has been issued, with the highest risk from Fort Myers to the Tampa Bay region.”

UF units should monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials. The UF Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona has canceled classes and closed for business from Wednesday through Friday.

Additionally, classes and all academic and student-related activities, including online classes, at the UF campus in Gainesville have been canceled Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Friday, Sept. 30.

An announcement regarding other university operations and campus closures, as well as Family Weekend activities, will be made by Tuesday evening. A determination regarding the resumption of classes will be announced at a later date.

We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts as information becomes available.

Regularly check for updates.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Additional information:

UF statement regarding operations: Classes canceled Wednesday – Friday

Here’s how to prepare for hurricane season

Pre-storm preparation for students in UF housing

UF/IFAS Disaster Preparation & Recovery

This story was posted at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

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Published: September 27th, 2022

Category: 2022 Weather Alerts