Hurricane Idalia – 8/30/23 – Final update

University of Florida officials are monitoring the effects of Hurricane Idalia. Here is what we know today:

Hurricane Idalia has weakened to Tropical Storm Idalia. The storm is 40 miles west of Savannah, and 180 miles west of Charleston, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. It will continue to produce tropical storm-force winds across portions of coastal northeast Florida and South Georgia this evening. The National Weather Center said the winds will slowly diminish tonight as Tropical Storm Idalia moves east away from the region.

As of the 5 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the Tropical Storm Warning for Alachua County, which includes Gainesville, has been canceled. Storm surge warnings and watches, and tropical storm warnings have been discontinued along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Hurricane Warning along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warning. Hurricane Watches have been discontinued.

The Alachua County Mandatory Evacuation Order for those living in mobile and manufactured homes, substandard housing, and areas prone to flooding is rescinded. All general population shelters and special needs shelters are closed.

UF will return to normal operating status on Thursday, Aug. 31. Classes and all academic and student-related activities, including online classes, will resume as well.

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

UF will suspend providing regular updates regarding weather conditions due to Tropical Storm Idalia after this message unless conditions warrant.

Regularly check for updates. Any operational changes will be made through official UF channels, including the UF Alert Emergency Notification System.

Campus resumes normal operations

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UF/IFAS Disaster Preparation & Recovery

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Published: August 30th, 2023

Category: 2023 Weather Alerts