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Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine – Update #2 – 7/29/2020

University of Florida officials are continuing to monitor the track of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine.

Here’s what we know today

Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides across the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Tropical storm conditions are likely across portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico today and will spread westward to portions of Dominican Republic, Haiti, the southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos on Thursday. Tropical warnings are currently in effect for those areas.

The system does not have a well-defined center and is expected to move near or over portions of the Greater Antilles later this week. It could bring some rainfall and wind impacts to portions of Cuba, the central and northwest Bahamas, and Florida later this week and this weekend.

No watches or warnings are currently in place for Florida. UF units with operations in southeast and southwest Florida should closely monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials later this week.

Moreover, 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 latest forecasts or schedule changes as information is available.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine – Update #1 – 7/28/2020

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring the track of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, and much remains unknown about the storm’s path. UF’s Department of Emergency Management is monitoring the system to learn the latest track and impacts.

Here’s what we know today

Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides across the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Tropical storm conditions are likely across portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico Wednesday through Thursday, and tropical warnings are currently in effect.

The system does not have a well-defined center and could move over portions of the Greater Antilles later this week. It could bring some rainfall and wind impacts to portions of Hispaniola, Cuba, the Bahamas and Florida by the end of the week.

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 is available.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Dorian update for Wednesday 8/28, 11 a.m.

UF Emergency Updates

**Tropical Storm Dorian Update for Wednesday (8/28) at 11:00am**

Storm FAQ:  https://updates.emergency.ufl.edu/2019/08/28/storm-preparation-faq/

At the 11 a.m. advisory, Tropical Storm Dorian was located 25 miles southeast of St. Croix with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Strengthening to a hurricane is expected later today.

The storm is forecast to move near the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and then continue over the open Atlantic well east of the southeastern Bahamas before nearing the Florida coast late this weekend or early next week.

No watches or warnings are currently in place for Florida, but those could be issued beginning Thursday. The official National Hurricane Center track brings Dorian near the Brevard and Volusia county coasts by Monday morning as Category 3. Remember, the average five-day track error is around 200 miles.

It is too soon to determine exact local impacts, but the risk of heavy rains and wind for parts of Central and North Florida is increasing for late this week into early next week. Gainesville currently has a 34% chance of experiencing sustained tropical storm force winds, and that percentage is expected to increase over time. Rain totals will vary depending on eventual track and intensity. Currently, Gainesville is forecast to receive 4 to 5 inches of rain over the next seven days.

All UF units in the peninsula and especially Central and North Florida, including campus, should review their tropical weather plans and be prepared to implement this week.

Updates will be posted daily unless circumstances warrant more frequent updates.