The storm has strengthened some but still lacks a defined center of circulation. Regardless of whether the system becomes a tropical or subtropical storm before landfall Saturday morning, the forecast impacts will remain the same. The UF campus will not experience any tropical conditions but severe thunderstorms are possible on Saturday if squall lines move in from the Gulf.
- No operational changes are required for the UF campus in Gainesville.
- No tropical warnings are in place for Alachua County.
- The timing of any severe weather would be between midnight tonight and 6pm Saturday.
- Be weather aware on Saturday, as on any day with potential thunderstorms.
- Overall rainfall forecast for our area is limited to 1-2 inches and flooding should not be a concern.
UF units with operations within the Tropical Storm Warning and Surge Warning areas should follow guidance from local officials.
Since the storm will be inland tomorrow afternoon, this is the last planned update.
No operational changes are anticipated for the UF campus in Gainesville.
UF units with operations in areas with watches and warnings should follow guidance from local officials. This includes areas in the Panhandle and Big Bend as well as coastal locations within the Storm Surge Warning extending down the west coast.
No watches or warnings are currently in place for Alachua County. Strong, gusty winds are possible on Saturday with forecast gusts up to 29mph. (This is below tropical storm strength.) 1-1.5 inches of rain is forecast from Friday afternoon through Saturday night. This area is included, along with most of North and Central Florida, in a Marginal Risk of severe weather outlined by the Storm Prediction Center on Saturday.
Updates will be posted daily unless circumstances warrant more frequent communication.
**Tropical Storm Humberto update for Saturday 9/14 at 9:20 a.m.**
- On the forecasted track, the system will gradually move away from the northwestern Bahamas later today, and then will move well offshore of the east coast of Florida this weekend and early next week.
- No UF actions nor continued monitoring are required for Humberto.
- No watches or warnings are in place for Florida.
- Aside from offshore waters and immediate beach areas (rip currents), the storm is not a significant concern for the state.
- The threat of heavy rain and winds along the coast has diminished.
With no watches/warnings in place for Florida and the state outside of the forecast error cone, this will be the last update regarding Humberto.
**Hurricane Dorian Update for Tuesday (9/3) at 1:50 p.m.**
Only essential functions are open on the UF campus in Gainesville. On Wednesday, 9/4, classes are canceled but otherwise the Gainesville campus will be operating on a normal schedule.
UF units outside of Alachua County should follow the closures of their local governments and heed advice from local officials, including evacuations.
No Tropical Storm Watches or Warnings are in place for Alachua County and are not anticipated. 1.5-2 inches of rain is forecast over the next 48 hours in associated with Dorian. Isolated higher amounts are possible. No significant local impacts are currently forecast for the campus/Gainesville area. Rain and thunderstorms are possible.
At the 11 a.m. advisory, Dorian was finally moving northwestward but only at 2mph. A slightly faster motion toward the northwest or north-northwest is expected later today and tonight. The center was located approximately 105 miles east of Ft. Pierce, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 110mph (Category 2).
On the forecasted track, the core of Dorian will gradually move north of Grand Bahama Island through this evening. The hurricane will then move close to the Florida east coast late today through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday and Thursday night.
Dorian is expected to maintain its current Category 2 status as it parallels the Florida east coast today and Wednesday.
A current list of coastal watches and warnings is available from the National Hurricane Center.
Out of concern for students who may need to travel back to Gainesville or who are assisting family members who may be affected by the hurricane, classes at the University of Florida’s campus in Gainesville will be canceled on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
However, the campus will re-open on Wednesday, Sept. 4, on a normal operating schedule for all facilities, including the Reitz Student Union, RecSports, libraries and dining facilities. All Gainesville campus faculty, staff and other paid employees should report to work per their normal Wednesday schedule. Employees, including student and research assistants, who are out of town and will not be able to work as scheduled should let their supervisors know in keeping with normal practice.
Classes will resume on Thursday, Sept. 5.
As previously announced, the Gainesville campus is closed and classes canceled for Tuesday, Sept. 3.
University officials are continuing to monitor Hurricane Dorian. Further communication will be forthcoming should the forecast track change and place Alachua County in line for experiencing hazardous conditions.
Also as previously announced, campus will remain open on a normal holiday schedule for today, including facilities such as the Reitz Student Union, RecSports, libraries, etc.
Only essential university personnel should report for work on Tuesday, Sept.3, and other personnel should not come to campus.
For clarity, here is the university’s Gainesville campus schedule for this week:
MONDAY, SEPT. 2
- Campus is operating on a normal holiday schedule
- Facilities such as the Reitz Student Union, RecSports, libraries, etc., are open (holiday hours)
- No classes (holiday)
TUESDAY, SEPT. 3
- Classes are canceled
- Campus is closed
- Facilities such as the Reitz Student Union, RecSports, libraries, etc., are closed
- Only essential university personnel should report for work and other personnel should not come to campus
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4
- Classes are canceled
- Campus is open
- All facilities open on normal operating schedule
- All Gainesville campus faculty, staff and other paid employees should report to work per their normal Wednesday schedule
THURSDAY, SEPT. 5
- Classes resume
- Campus is open on a normal schedule
UF Health clinical and core service personnel should check with their supervisors as to whether they should report to work and provide support to the academic health center for essential clinical operations
Faculty, staff and students who are not working at UF Health during the severe weather should not use UF Health parking facilities to safeguard their vehicles. This includes UF garages I, II, III,VI, IX and X as well as the UF Health Shands garages south of Archer Road.
UF/IFAS and other UF personnel outside of Alachua County should adhere to their county government guidelines and consult their supervisors.
P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School will be open and operating on a normal schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Should Hurricane Dorian impact the school schedule, communications will be sent to families via phone, email and text. Announcements will be posted on the website (http://pkyonge.ufl.edu) and shared via Facebook.
Supervisors, please ensure that all employees are informed of these schedules.
Notices of any scheduling changes can be found through a link on the UF home page or on the information line at 866-UF-FACTS or 866-833-2287. Time reporting information will be provided by UF Human Resources once the university reopens.
As always, students and employees in need of immediate assistance should dial 911. Students may also contact U Matter We Care at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 352- 294-CARE (2273). Employees may call the Employee Assistance Program at 833-306-0103 or go to https://eap.ufl.edu/.
**Hurricane Dorian Update for Monday (9/2) at 1:30 p.m.**
The UF campus in Gainesville is on a normal holiday schedule for today. Classes are canceled and offices closed on Tuesday.
UF units outside of Alachua County should follow local government closures and heed direction from local officials, including evacuations.
The UF Emergency Operations Team and Policy Group is meeting daily to coordinate actions and decisions for the university.
At the 11 a.m. advisory, Dorian was located approximately 110 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 155mph (Category 4). The storm is moving very slowly to the west at 1 MPH.
A slow westward to west-northwestward motion is forecast during the next day or so, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest and north. On this track, the core of Hurricane Dorian will continue to impact Grand Bahama Island through much of today and tonight. The hurricane will then move close to the Florida east coast late tonight through Wednesday evening as a major hurricane.
No watches or warnings are in place for Alachua County and are not anticipated based upon the current forecast.
Sustained tropical storm force winds are not forecasted for the immediate area with the current forecast track. Any peak winds would come within rain bands rotating around the system and would not be continuous.
Flooding rainfall is not expected locally with total amounts of 2-3 inches currently forecast for the Gainesville area.
Updates will be posted daily unless circumstances warrant more frequent updates.
**Hurricane Dorian Update for Sunday (9/1) at 1:40 p.m.**
The UF campus in Gainesville remains on a normal schedule today and normal holiday schedule on Monday. University offices are closed and classes canceled on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
All UF units in the peninsula should continue to closely monitor the progress for Dorian for forecast changes.
UF units with operations within the watch and warning areas should follow advice from local officials, including local government closures.
Based upon the 11 a.m. advisory, Gainesville has a 43% chance of experiencing tropical storm force winds and a 1% chance of hurricane force winds.
National Weather Service-Jacksonville indicates tropical storm force winds are not expected locally based upon the current track.
The cumulative rainfall forecast continues to decrease, with the Gainesville area expected to receive 1 inch or less.
These impacts are based upon an offshore track. Additional adjustments of the track towards Florida could increase potential wind and rain threats locally.
At the 11 a.m. advisory, the distinct eye center of Dorian was located approximately 205 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 180mph (Category 5). That location is over the Abacos Islands in the Northwestern Bahamas.
A slower westward motion should continue for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest. On this track, the core of Dorian will continue to move over Great Abaco and move near or over Grand Bahama Island later tonight and Monday. The hurricane should move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night.
The National Hurricane Center forecasts tracks the center of Dorian off of the Florida east coast on Monday through Wednesday as a major hurricane.
Updates will be posted daily unless circumstances warrant more frequent updates.