Tropical Storm Nicole – Update 3 – 11/9/2022

A graphic displaying the possible track of the storm.

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole. Here is what we know today:

Alachua County, which includes Gainesville, remains under a Tropical Storm Warning, as of the 10 a.m., advisory of the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters said Nicole has the potential to bring winds of 45 to 55 mph, with gusts of up to 70 mph, to Alachua County.

Additionally, 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected in the area, and conditions are favorable for the “occurrence of scattered tornadoes.”

Most of the Florida peninsula north of Palm Beach and Lee counties is under a Hurricane Warning or a Tropical Storm Warning. Forecasters have stressed the importance of not focusing on the exact track of Nicole, as it is a large storm with tropical storm-force winds that extend outward up to 460 miles from its center.

As a result, UF announced on Tuesday that classes at the Gainesville campus will be canceled, and offices will be closed on Thursday. Online classes are canceled as well. The university expects to resume holiday campus operations on Friday, Nov. 11. However, the university will remain closed for business and classes on Friday in honor of Veterans Day.

Essential employees should check with their supervisors regarding scheduling. UF Health and UF/IFAS personnel and others at locations throughout the state should follow their local government’s guidance and check with their supervisors for information regarding the operations plan of their work locations.

Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to continue to strengthen, reaching hurricane intensity as it nears landfall in South Florida tonight. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center expect the storm to weaken, as its center moves across Central and North Florida into southern Georgia on Thursday and Thursday night, and then across the Carolinas Friday and Friday night.

We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available. Regularly check and for updates.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Additional information:
UF campus operations closure
Here’s how to prepare for hurricane season
Pre-storm preparation for students in UF housing
UF/IFAS Disaster Preparation & Recovery

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Published: November 9th, 2022

Category: 2022 Weather Alerts