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Tropical Storm Zeta – Update #3 – 10/27/2020

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

Heavy rainfall is expected across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba, which could lead in to flash flood in urban areas.  Zeta is expected to strengthen back into hurricane today.

The National Hurricane Center projects a landfall Wednesday evening as a Category 1 hurricane on the coasts of southeast Louisiana and Mississippi.

Tropical Storm Zeta’s greatest threat to the Florida Panhandle remains for Wednesday into early Thursday. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties. A storm surge warning has been issued from the Alabama/Florida state line to Navarre Beach, which includes Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, for potential surge inundation and  east of Navarre Beach for the remainder of the Panhandle and Big Bend regions to Cedar Key.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has included much of the Panhandle in a Slight Risk (level 2 of 5) of severe weather on Wednesday for the potential of thunderstorms and tornadoes in association with rain bands from Zeta. A tornado watch for the area could be issued on Wednesday.

UF units with operations in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties should be prepared for tropical storm force winds and follow guidance from local officials. Other areas in Florida’s Panhandle should continue to closely monitor forecasts for changes, especially any extensions of tropical storm warning eastward.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operation 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 more information, please visit National Hurricane Center

 

Tropical Storm Zeta – Update #2 – 10/26/2020

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

Hurricane conditions and dangerous storm surge are expected in portions of the northern Yucatan Peninsula tonight and early tomorrow. Tropical storm conditions could occur over extreme western Cuba.

Flood watches continue through the evening in South Florida for Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties.

Zeta is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength when it makes landfall late Wednesday on the central Gulf Coast. It remains a potential threat to the Florida’s Panhandle. Potential impacts include flooding, marginal tornado threat, wind and minor storm surge forecasted for Wednesday and Thursday. Watches may be issued by the National Hurricane Center for the western Panhandle later today.

UF units with operations in Florida’s Panhandle should review plans, be ready to implement them if watches or warnings are issued and should closely monitor forecasts and follow guidance from local officials.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operation 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 more information, please visit National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Zeta – Update #1 – 10/25/2020

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

Tropical storm conditions are expected in portions of the northern Yucatan Peninsula on Monday night and early Tuesday with possible hurricane conditions. 

Heavy rainfall is expected on Wednesday across portions of central and western Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the northeast Yucatan Peninsula, southeastern Florida and the Keys. Rainfall may lead to flash flooding in urban areas.

Tropical Storm Zeta currently poses a threat of heavy rainfall in South Florida and the Keys. Flood watches remain in effect for coastal southeast Florida until Monday evening. 

Zeta could be at or just below hurricane strength when it approaches the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday with storm surge, rainfall, damaging winds and tornadoes possible in Florida’s Panhandle and Big Bend mid-week. 

UF units with operations in Florida’s Panhandle should review plans, be ready to implement them if watches or warnings are issued and should closely monitor forecasts and follow guidance from local officials.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operation 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 the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Delta – Update #2 – 10/6/2020

University of Florida officials are continuing to monitor Hurricane Delta. Here’s what we know today:

Hurricane Delta has strengthened rapidly over the last 24 hours and is now a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph.

The storm will move over the Yucatan Peninsula early Wednesday. Extremely dangerous storm surge and hurricane conditions are expected within portions of the northern Yucatan Peninsula, and a hurricane warning is in effect.  Heavy rainfall will also affect portions of the Cayman Islands, western Cuba and could lead to significant flash flooding and mudslides.

Some weakening is also forecast in the northern Gulf of Mexico before a U.S. landfall, now indicated for late Friday or early Saturday. There is an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds, especially along the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi.

Slight westward shifts of the track have reduced rainfall forecasts for the western Florida Panhandle. UF units with operations in Florida’s Panhandle should closely monitor forecasts and 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 Depression Delta – Update #1 – 10/5/2020

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

Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Cayman Islands today, and a tropical storm warning in in effect. Dangerous storm surge and hurricane conditions are expected in portions of western Cuba by Tuesday afternoon, and a hurricane warning is in effect.

Heavy rainfall will affect portions of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and western Cuba during the next few days, which could lead to significant flash flooding and mudslides.

Delta is forecast to approach the northern Gulf Coast as Category 2 Hurricane later in the week. While there is uncertainty in the track and intensity forecast, there is an increasing risk of dangerous storm surge, wind and rainfall hazards along the coast from Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle.

Tropical Storm Gamma, meanwhile, does not pose a threat to Florida; however, it could be absorbed into Delta.

UF units with operations in Florida’s Panhandle should review plans, be ready to implement them if watches or warnings are issued, and should closely monitor forecasts and 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

Hurricane Sally – Update #6 – 9/16/2020

University of Florida officials are continuing to monitor Hurricane Sally. Here is what we know today:

Hurricane Sally made landfall this morning near the Florida/Alabama line, bringing significant flooding and rainfall to the Panhandle. The eyewall continues to move very slowly north-northeast through Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties. Hurricane force-winds remain possible in the western Panhandle through today.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, and Washington counties. Sustained tropical storm-force winds are possible inland in the western and eastern Panhandle through later today.  Storm surge warnings are in effect for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties. Surge waters will be gradually receding this afternoon.

Coastal flood advisories have been issued for the eastern Panhandle and Big Bend. Flash flood watches are in effect for the Panhandle and western Big Bend until Thursday morning with several local flash flood warnings issued.

The National Hurricane Center warns that historic and catastrophic flooding, including widespread moderate to major river flooding, is unfolding. Major river flooding is expected over the next few days for numerous rivers. Several counties are reporting widespread road closures and washed out roadways.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 6 p.m. for the Florida’s Panhandle and western Big Bend. A few tornadoes may occur today across portions of the Panhandle. Additional watches could be issued later today.

The IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center (REC) with facilities in Milton and Jay (Santa Rosa County) remains closed.

Hurricane Sally will move across the Panhandle and southeastern Alabama through early Thursday, over central Georgia on Thursday and then over South Carolina Thursday night. Weakening is expected as the center moves farther inland. Sally is forecast to become a tropical depression by Thursday morning.

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.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Sally – Update #5 – 9/15/2020

University of Florida officials are continuing to monitor Hurricane Sally. Here is what we know today:

Due to a continued eastward shift of Hurricane Sally, Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in the Panhandle are under hurricane warning.  The National Hurricane Center warns that historical flooding is possible with flash flooding in the western Panhandle through Wednesday.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for coastal Okaloosa, Walton, coastal Bay, and coastal Gulf, Holmes, and Washington counties. Storm surge warnings are in effect for coastal Escambia, coastal Santa Rosa, and coastal Okaloosa counties.

Flash flood watch remains in effect through Thursday morning for the Panhandle. Major rainfall flooding and moderate to major riverine flooding are possible.  A tornado watch has been issued for the Panhandle until 6 p.m. and will likely be extended into Wednesday. A few tornadoes could be possible as rain bands move ashore.

UF units with operations in Florida’s Panhandle should be prepared for tropical storm-force winds through Wednesday along with significant flooding and should closely monitor forecasts and 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.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

 

Tropical Storm Sally – Update #4 – 9/14/2020

University of Florida officials are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Sally. Here is what we know today:

Tropical Storm Sally’s greatest threat to Florida remains heavy rainfall, tropical storm winds and flooding in the Big Bend and Panhandle areas in the next few days.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for coastal Escambia, coastal and inland Santa Rosa, coastal and inland Okaloosa, south Walton, coastal Bay, and coastal Gulf counties. A tropical storm watch is in effect for coastal Franklin County. Tropical storm conditions could begin today within these warning areas. A flash flood watch has been issued through Thursday for most of the Panhandle.

UF units with operations in Florida’s Big Bend and the Panhandle should be prepared for potential tropical storm-force winds and significant heavy rainfall and should closely monitor forecasts and 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.

Hurricane conditions are expected tonight within the hurricane warning area in southeastern Louisiana and late Tuesday along the Mississippi and Alabama coastline. Tropical storm conditions are likely to begin later today.

We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes. For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Sally – Update #3 – 9/13/2020

University of Florida officials are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Sally. Here is what we know today:

Tropical Storm Sally’s greatest threat to Florida remains heavy rain in the Big Bend and the Panhandle areas.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for coastal Escambia, coastal Santa Rosa, coastal Okaloosa, south Walton, coastal Bay, and coastal Gulf Counties. A tropical storm watch is in effect for coastal Franklin County. Tropical storm force winds are possible on Monday along the immediate coast within the warned areas.

A flood watch has been issued for nearly all of the Panhandle. Minor storm surge flooding is expected across the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend coasts. UF units with operations in those areas should closely monitor forecasts and 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.

Storm surge warnings are in effect for areas outside southeastern Louisiana, hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System from Port Fourchon, Louisiana to Mississippi/Alabama border.  Hurricane and tropical storm conditions are expected by late Monday from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including metropolitan New Orleans.

We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes. For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Depression Nineteen – Update #2 – 9/12/2020

University of Florida officials are continuing to monitor Tropical Depression Nineteen. Here is what we know today:

Tropical Depression Nineteen is expected to produce heavy rains and gusty winds across Southern and Western Florida today and in Florida’s Big Bend and Panhandle late Sunday and Monday. Flood watches are now in effect for all Southern and West Central Peninsula. UF units with operations in those areas should closely monitor forecasts and follow guidance from local officials.

Tropical storm conditions are possible by Sunday night in portions of the Florida’s Panhandle, where tropical storm watches are in effect for south Walton, coastal Bay, coastal Gulf, and coastal Franklin counties.

Additional tropical storm and storm surge watches could be issued for western Panhandle counties later today. While rain is the larger threat, tropical storm conditions are possible beginning Sunday night in the watch areas along the coast.  UF units with operations in the Panhandle should monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials.

The system is forecast to strength to a hurricane early next week as it moves across the Gulf of Mexico with a forecasted landfall near the Louisiana/Mississippi border on Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane.

No tropical 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.