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Tropical Storm Mindy – Update #1 – 9/8/2021

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Storm Mindy. Here’s what we know today:

Mindy is expected to produce heavy rainfall from the Florida Panhandle into southern portions of Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday morning. This rainfall may produce isolated to scattered flash, urban and small stream flooding.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the coast of the Panhandle and Big Bend from Mexico Beach to the Steinhatchee River, which includes coastal portions of Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Wakulla, Lafayette and Taylor Counties. A flash flood watch is in effect through Thursday morning for most of the eastern Panhandle and Big Bend region. UF units in the Florida Panhandle should monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operational changes are anticipated for the UF campus in Gainesville. We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Fred – Update #7 – 8/16/2021

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Storm Fred. Here’s what we know today:

Tropical Storm Fred has the potential to bring storm surge and heavy rains to the Panhandle and Big Bend today. Fred’s maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph. Tropical storm conditions are occurring in the warning areas and will spread father inland later today and tonight across portions of the Florida Panhandle.

Dangerous storm surge inundation is possible along portions of the coast of the Florida Panhandle and the Florida Big Bend region. A storm surge warning is in effect from Indian Pass to Yankeetown.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties, and the coast from Navarre to the Steinhatchee River. Fred is expected to bring heavy rainfall with 4-8 inches of rain and isolated amounts up to 12 inches possible. A flash flood watch is in place for most of the region, and a tornado watch is in effect for central and eastern Panhandle until this evening. UF units in the warning areas should closely monitor forecasts, finish preparations and be ready to follow guidance from local officials.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operational changes are anticipated for the UF campus in Gainesville. We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Fred and Tropical Storm Grace – Update #6 – 8/15/2021

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Storm Fred and Tropical Storm Grace. Here’s what we know today:

Fred regained tropical storm status with maximum winds of approximately 40 mph. The center of the storm is forecast to make landfall in the western Panhandle on Monday afternoon or Monday night.

Today through Tuesday, heavy rainfall could lead to areal, urban, small stream and river flooding impacts across southern Florida, the Big Bend region and the Panhandle. Dangerous storm surge inundation is possible along portions of the coast of Florida’s Panhandle, and a storm surge warning has been issued for this area.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin counties, and the coastal Wakulla Counties. Storm watches are in effect for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Storm surge warnings have been issued from Indian Pass to the Steinhatchee River; 4-8 inches of rain is possible in the Panhandle and Big Bend through Tuesday evening. A flash flood watch is in effect for the region.

UF units in the Florida’s Panhandle should closely monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center’s track brings the center of Tropical Storm Grace across the northern coast of Cuba and Florida Straights by Wednesday or Thursday. Currently, any chance of tropical storm winds for Florida is confined to the Florida Keys and the extreme southern and southwest portions of the Peninsula. However, the National Hurricane Center indicates significant uncertainty with the forecast due to potential land interaction with the Greater Antilles.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operational changes are anticipated for the UF campus in Gainesville. We will continue monitoring both systems and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center

 

Tropical Wave Fred and Tropical Storm Grace – Update #5 – 8/14/2021

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Wave Fred and Tropical Storm Grace. Here’s what we know today:

Fred has degenerated into an open wave due to shear and land interaction. These changes have reduced anticipated wind and rain impacts for the Florida peninsula.

No warnings or watches are currently in place for Florida. Fred is forecast to regenerate as a tropical cyclone over the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and brings a risk of tropical storm conditions to portions of the northern Gulf coast, especially from coastal Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle beginning on Monday. Watches may be issued for a portion of this area later in the weekend. UF units in Florida’s Panhandle should monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Grace formed early Saturday and the National Hurricane Center’s forecast now includes South and Central Florida. However, is too early for the National Hurricane Center to forecast impacts for the state of Florida. As with Fred, any land interaction will impact Tropical Storm Grace’s future strength.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operational changes are anticipated for the UF campus in Gainesville. We will continue to monitor both systems and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center

Tropical Depression Fred – Update #4 – 8/13/2021

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Depression Fred. Here’s what we know today:

Today through Monday, heavy rainfall could lead to areal, urban, small stream and exacerbated river flooding across southern and central Florida into the Big Bend.

Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Florida Keys on Saturday, where a tropical storm warning is in effect. Tropical storm conditions are possible late Saturday and early Sunday across portions of Florida’s west coast.

The risk of tropical storm conditions will spread northward along the west coast and to the Panhandle Sunday and Monday. The forecast continues to indicate a landfall as a tropical storm near Apalachicola. Most likely arrival of any tropical storm winds would be beginning Sunday evening; 4-6 inches of rain is forecasted for the Big Bend region. Additional watches or warnings are likely later today.  UF units in Florida should monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operational changes are anticipated for the UF campus in Gainesville. However, the current forecast for Gainesville is 2-4 inches of rain over the course of the storm. We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center

 

Tropical Depression Fred – Update 3 – 8/12/2021

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Depression Fred and much remains unknown about its path. Here’s what we know today:

Tropical storm conditions are possible in the southeastern Bahamas and portions of Cuba today.

Beginning Friday, heavy rainfall could lead to areal, urban and small stream flooding, along with rapid river rises across southern Florida. Heavy rainfall associated with tropical depression Fred will impact the remainder of Florida and parts of the southeast this weekend and into next week.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for the state of Florida.  There is a risk of tropical storm conditions beginning early Saturday in the Florida Keys and south Florida. This risk will spread northward along portions of Florida’s west coast and to the Florida Panhandle through Monday.

A tropical storm watch will likely be issued for portions of the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula this afternoon. UF units in Florida should monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance and implement plans.

 No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County and no operational changes are anticipated for the UF campus in Gainesville. We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Fred – Update #2 – 8/11/2021

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Storm Fred, and much remains unknown about the storm’s path. Here’s what we know today:

Tropical storm conditions are possible in northern Haiti and the southeastern Bahamas and in portions of Cuba later today. Heavy rainfall could lead to flash, urban and small stream flooding along with possible rapid river rises and the potential for mudslides across the Dominican Republic.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for the state of Florida. There is an increasing risk of wind and rainfall impacts in Florida beginning Friday night or early Saturday in the Keys and spreading norward through portions of the Peninsula and the Panhandle Saturday through Monday. UF units in Florida should monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance and implement plans.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operational changes are anticipated for the UF campus in Gainesville. We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center

Potential Tropical Cyclone Six – Update #1 – 8/10/2021

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Potential Tropical Cyclone Six, and much remains unknown about its path.  Here’s what we know today:

The system is forecast to become Tropical Strom Fred likely later today or tomorrow. Tropical storm conditions are expected in portions of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico beginning today and in the Dominican Republic by tomorrow and are possible in northern Haiti and the southern Bahamas by late Wednesday.

No warnings or watches are currently in place for the state of Florida. It’s too soon for the National Hurricane Center to determine what, if any, impacts could occur there by late this week or this weekend given the uncertainty in the long-range forecast.  All UF units in Florida should monitor forecasts.

No warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operational changes are anticipated for the UF campus in Gainesville. We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center

University of Florida to Resume Normal Operations

As Tropical Storm Elsa moves across the Florida Peninsula, the University of Florida is currently scheduled to reopen and resume classes and normal campus operations on Thursday, July 8. Shift workers should check with their supervisors regarding scheduling. Those on the UF Health Jacksonville campus and in other locations around the state should check with their supervisors for information regarding their campuses.

As always, students in need of assistance may contact U Matter We Care at umatter@ufl.edu or by calling (352) 294-CARE (2273). Employees may call the Employee Assistance Program at 833-306-0103.

For more information, please continue to check the UF Home Page, www.ufl.edu, and monitor local news media.

Dr. Joseph Glover, Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Dr. Charles E. Lane, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Tropical Storm Elsa – Update #7 – 7/7/2021

University of Florida officials are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Elsa. Here’s what we know today:

Alachua County is currently under tropical storm and flood warnings. However, the current forecast indicates Gainesville is expected to see improving conditions throughout the day.

In-person and online classes at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville are canceled and offices are closed today. Normal operations and classes will resume Thursday, July 8. Shift workers should check with their supervisors regarding scheduling. Those on the UF Health Jacksonville campus and in other locations around the state should check with their supervisors for information regarding their campuses.

UF units outside of Gainesville must continue to follow local guidance.

For the latest updates, students, faculty and staff are urged to check UF’s homepage at www.ufl.edu, UF Alerts, the news media and the university social media pages.