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UF classes canceled, campus closed Thursday, Nov. 12 because of Tropical Storm Eta. Campus will re-open Friday, Nov. 13

Face-to-face and online classes at the University of Florida will be canceled and campus will be closed Thursday, Nov. 12 because of Tropical Storm Eta. Essential employees should check with their supervisors. Classes will resume and campus will reopen Friday, Nov. 13. Clinical personnel and all UF Health staff in Gainesville should follow their prescribed procedures. Those on the UF Health Jacksonville campus and in other locations around the state, including those with UF/IFAS, should check for information regarding their facilities, at the UF Home Page, www.ufl.edu, and monitor local news media for further details and updates

Tropical Storm Eta – Update #8 – 11/11/2020

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

Eta’s track shifted significantly overnight and Alachua County is under a tropical storm warning.  UF units should monitor for announcements from UF and closely follow forecasts.  

There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Florida Gulf Coast from Bonita Beach to the Suwannee River, including Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor.

On the forecast track, the center of Eta will move closer to but offshore of the southwest coast of Florida today, approach the west-central coast of Florida tonight and move inland over the northern portion of the Florida Peninsula on Thursday. Eta is expected to move northeastward into the western Atlantic late Thursday or early Friday.

Hurricane watches are in effect for coastal Levy, coastal Citrus, coastal Hernando, coastal Pasco, coastal Hillsborough and coastal Manatee counties. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Gilchrist, Alachua, Levy, Marion, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Sumter, Lake, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, coastal Charlotte and coastal Lee counties. Tropical storm watches are in effect for coastal Taylor, coastal Dixie, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, St. Johns, Flagler and Volusia counties.

For more information, please visit National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Eta – Update #7 – 11/10/2020

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

Heavy rainfall from Eta will continue across South Florida today and tonight. Additional flash and urban flooding, especially across previously inundated areas, will be possible in South Florida. Little motion is expected today.

Eta could approach the northeastern or north-central U.S. Gulf Coast later this week as a tropical storm and possibly bring impacts from rain, wind and storm surge. The current National Hurricane Center forecast brings the center near the Florida Panhandle on Sunday morning.

UF units with operations in Florida’s Panhandle and Big Bend should monitor forecasts for possible impacts late this week and be ready to 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 Eta – Update #6 – 11/9/2020

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

Life-threatening flash flooding will be possible across urban areas of southeast Florida today. Currently, all hurricane watches and warnings and storm surge watches and warnings are canceled for Florida. Gusts to tropical storm-force are still possible in the heavier rain bands thought this afternoon in South Florida and the Keys. A tropical storm warning is in effect only for the Dry Tortugas.

Eta could approach the Florida Gulf Coast later this week as a tropical storm and possibly bring impacts from rain, wind and storm surge. Minor river flooding is also possible for Central Florida.

UF units with operations in Central Florida should closely monitor forecasts and be ready to 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 as of now. Significant uncertainty remains in the forecast for mid-week and later. 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 Eta – Update #5 – 11/8/2020

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

 

Heavy rainfall will continue across Cuba, Jamaica, the Bahamas and southern Florida and spread north into the rest of Florida.  

 

Tropical Storm Eta is now forecasted to be a hurricane as it passes near and over the Florida Keys and into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday. The forecast remains uncertain for areas farther north in Florida.  

 

Hurricane conditions are expected by early Monday in portions of the Florida Keys, where a hurricane warning is now in effect. Damaging tropical-storm-force winds are expected to begin in the Florida Keys this afternoon. Hurricane warnings are in effect for Monroe County, and hurricane watches have been issued for coastal Broward, Miami-Dade, coastal Collier and Monroe counties.  

 

Tropical storm warnings are also in effect for Glades, Hendry, Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Tropical storm watches have been issued for Okeechobee, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Lee, Charlotte and Brevard counties as well.  

 

A dangerous storm surge is expected in portions of the Florida Keys, where a storm surge warning is in effect. Isolated tornadoes will also be possible in any of the outer bands, possibly beginning Sunday across South Florida and the Keys, spreading northward into early next week. 
 

Flood watches are also in effect through late Monday for Indian River, St, Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. Flood watches have been issued for Glades, Hendry, Collier, mainland Monroe, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties until Tuesday evening, and for Charlotte and Lee counties through Wednesday evening.  

 

UF units with operations in South Florida, the Florida Keys and Central Florida should closely monitor forecasts and be ready to 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. A slight chance for thunderstorms exists for the weekend and into early next week with increasing chances for shower activity. 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 Eta – Update #4 – 11/7/2020

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

Heavy rainfall will continue across the Cayman Islands, portions of Cuba and Jamaica and will spread north into the Bahamas and southern Florida.  

Eta is expected to bring heavy rainfall and tropical storm force winds to South Florida and the Keys. Impacts to other areas of the state remain uncertain

Tropical storm conditions are expected by late Sunday in the Florida Keys and along portions of the southeast Florida coast. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. Moreover, tropical storm watches have been issued for Collier, Broward, Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Lee, Charlotte and Brevard counties. 

Flash flooding will be the primary threat from Eta across South Florida and the Keys. Isolated tornadoes will also be possible in any of the outer bands, possibly beginning Sunday across South Florida and the Keys, spreading northward into early next week. 

UF units with operations in South Floridathe Florida Keys and Central Florida should closely monitor forecasts and be ready follow guidance from local officials if watchers or warnings are issued.  

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. Indirect impacts of Tropical Storm Eta are increased rain chances for Monday and Tuesday. 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 Depression Eta – Update #3 – 11/6/2020

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

Rainfall associated with Eta will continue to result in catastrophic, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding across portions of Central America, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain.  This weekend Eta is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to portions of the Cayman Islands and portions of western and central Cuba, where storm warnings are in effect.

There is an increasing risk of impacts from wind and flash and urban flooding due to the rainfall in portions of southern Florida and the Florida Keys this weekend and early next week. Isolated tornadoes will also be possible in any of the outer bands, possibly beginning as early as Saturday night into Sunday. Tropical storm or hurricane watches could be issued later today.

UF units with operations in South Florida and Florida Keys should closely monitor forecasts through the weekend and be ready to follow guidance from local officials if watchers or warnings are issued.  Impacts to other areas of the state remain uncertain.

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 Depression Eta – Update #2 – 11/5/2020

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

Through Monday morning, heavy rainfall from Eta will lead to catastrophic, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding across portions of Central America.

Eta is forecast to regain strength once it enters the Caribbean Sea.   While is too soon for the National Hurricane Center to determine the future track and intensity of Eta, there is an increasing risk of impacts from wind and rainfall in portions of the Cayman Islands, Cuba, southern Florida and the Florida Keys this weekend and early next week.

Moreover, the center is forecast to be near South Florida and Keys on Monday and Tuesday as a tropical storm. UF units with operations in South Florida and Florida Keys should monitor forecasts through the week and be ready 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 Eta – Update #1 – 11/4/2020

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

Through Sunday morning, heavy rainfall from Eta will lead to catastrophic, life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding across portions of Central America. Eta is expected to become a tropical depression tonight.

Eta is forecast to regain tropical storm strength before it moves across portions of Cuba and approaches southern Florida this weekend.

While is too soon for the National Hurricane Center to determine the exact timing, magnitude and location of possible impacts from wind and rainfall, UF units with operations in South Florida and Florida Keys should monitor forecasts through the week and be ready 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 Zeta – Update #4 – 10/28/2020

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

A life-threatening storm is expected along portions of the northern Gulf Coast beginning later today. The National Hurricane Center projects Zeta will make a landfall this afternoon and a second landfall this evening in Mississippi before moving rapidly over southeastern Mississippi, Alabama and northern Georgia overnight.

Hurricane Zeta’s greatest threat to Florida remains in the Panhandle. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Holmes counties. Greatest wind threat is in the western Panhandle, where sustained tropical storm-force winds are possible, with higher gusts. Gusts to tropical storm strength are also possible in the eastern Panhandle, especially in association with rain bands.

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 Yankeetown.

UF units with operations in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Holmes counties should be prepared for tropical storm force winds tonight and follow guidance from local officials. Other areas in Florida’s Panhandle should continue to closely monitor forecasts.

No 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