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Tropical Depression Nineteen – Update #1 – 9/11/2020

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

Heavy rainfall is expected to produce isolated flash flooding over portions of central and southern Florida and prolong existing minor river flooding in the Tampa Bay area. Flood watches have been issued for much of West Central and Southwest Florida.

Tropical storm conditions are possible tonight along the southeast Florida coast, where a tropical storm watch is in effect for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. UF units with operations in South Florida should closely monitor Tropical Depression Nineteen and follow guidance from local officials.

Moreover, the storm could later produce heavy rain and gusty winds for Florida’s Big Bend and Panhandle. UF units with operations in the Panhandle should also monitor forecasts in case watches or warnings are issued in that area and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials.

The system is forecast to strengthen to near hurricane intensity by early next week as it moves across the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Dangerous impacts from storm surge, wind and heavy rainfall will be possible along the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle to southeastern Louisiana this weekend and early next 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. Forecasted impacts are limited to chances of heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday. 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 Laura and Hurricane Marco – Update #4 – 8/23/2020

University of Florida officials are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Laura and Hurricane Marco. Here’s what we know today:

Based on Laura’s forecast, tropical storm conditions are expected across portions of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos, the southeastern Bahamas, and Cuba through Monday. Moreover, tropical storm conditions are possible over the central Bahamas, and Andros Island tonight and tomorrow, and in the Florida Keys on Monday.

Despite the unique and unprecedented tropical activity forecasted in the Gulf of Mexico due to Tropical Storms Laura and Hurricane Marco, the outlook remains positive for Florida.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Florida Keys.  Chances of tropical storm-force winds in the Keys have decreased since yesterday but a 20% chance remains for Key West. Timing of any winds would most likely begin during the day on Monday. Laura is expected to make its closest approach to the Keys on Monday evening.

No tropical storm watches or warnings are currently in place for the Panhandle related to Hurricane Marco. A small chance of tropical storm-force winds in the extreme western Panhandle is noted by the National Weather Service on Monday.

UF units with operations in the Keys should follow guidance from local officials and be prepared for the possibility of tropical storm winds on Monday. UF units with operations in the western Panhandle should continue monitoring forecasts for Laura and Marco in case of storm watches or warnings are issued for either storm.

No tropical storm watches or warnings have been issued 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 as information becomes available.

For the latest forecast on Tropical Storms Laura and Hurricane Marco, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Laura – Update #3 – 8/22/2020

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

Tropical storm conditions are expected across portions of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today and are also expected along the northern coasts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, and southern Bahamas Saturday and Sunday. Heavy rainfall is likely across these areas could cause mudslides, flash and urban floodings through Sunday, with widespread river flooding possible in Puerto Rico.

Tropical storms conditions are also possible over portions of the Central Bahamas, as well as portions of eastern and central Cuba Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center indicates uncertainty with their intensity forecast due to potential land interaction with the Greater Antilles and later influence from Tropical Storm Marco in the Gulf, which could result in changes to the forecast.

No tropical storm watches or warnings are currently in place for Florida. Tropical storm-force winds may begin on Monday in far South Florida and the Keys. Highest chances of any tropical storm winds occurring are in the Keys, especially lower and middle Keys where tropical storm watches could be issued later. Moreover, for the Florida Panhandle, westward shifts of the track near the end of the forecast period have notably reduced the threat for that area. Some chance of tropical storm force-winds still remain for the western Panhandle.

UF units with operations in extreme South Florida and especially the Keys should be prepared for the possibility of tropical storm-force winds on Monday and follow guidance from local officials. UF units with operations in the Panhandle should continue to monitor forecasts for the possibility of tropical storm-force winds on Tuesday and Wednesday.

No tropical storm watches or warnings have been issued 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 the latest forecast, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Laura – Update #2 – 8/21/2020

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

Tropical storm conditions are possible across portions of the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico today through Saturday, and tropical storm warnings are in effect. Tropical storm conditions are also possible along the northern coasts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the southeastern Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Saturday and Sunday, and tropical watches are in effect.

The National Hurricane Center indicates significant uncertainty with their intensity forecast due to potential land interaction with the Greater Antilles, which could disrupt and weaken the system.

No watches or warnings are currently in place for Florida. Tropical storm-force winds are most likely beginning Monday morning in the Keys and South Florida, and then Tuesday in the Panhandle. Tropical storm watches could be issued tomorrow for the Keys and portions of South Florida.

UF units with operations in the Keys and South Florida should closely monitor the storm for potential impacts beginning Monday and should follow guidance from local officials. UF units with operations in the Panhandle should also closely monitor the storm and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials as well as initially plan for a possible hurricane landfall the middle of next week.

With many students scheduled to move to Gainesville ahead of the start of fall semester, we encourage you to monitor the forecast as you make your plans. If you are scheduled to move in to on-campus housing and need to reschedule, please contact https://www.housing.ufl.edu/residence-halls/move-in/.

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.

Tropical Depression Thirteen – Update #1 – 8/20/2020

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Depression Thirteen, and much remains unknown about its path. UF’s Department of Emergency Management is monitoring the system to learn the latest track and impacts. Here’s what we know today:

Tropical storm conditions are possible across portions of the northern Leeward Islands by Friday night, and tropical storm watches have been issued for some of these islands. There is a risk of tropical storm conditions in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Friday night and Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center indicates significant uncertainty with their intensity forecast due to potential land interaction with the Greater Antilles. However, this system could bring storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts to portions of Hispaniola, Cuba, the Bahamas, and Florida this weekend and early next week.

No watches or warnings are currently in place for Florida. Tropical-storm-force winds are possible on Monday morning in South Florida and the Keys. UF units with operations in South Florida should closely monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials. Moreover, operations in the Panhandle should monitor the forecast longer term, beyond 5 days, in case the future track includes that area.

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.

Tropical Storm Isaias – Update #6 – 8/2/2020

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

Tropical storm conditions will spread northward along the East Coast of Florida within area through early Monday, and then move inland over the Carolinas Monday night and Tuesday.

A coastal flood advisory has been issued for Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Palm Beach, Putnam and St. Johns counties. The previous storm surge watch has been canceled.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Brevard, coastal Duval, coastal Flagler, Indian River, Martin, coastal Nassau, coastal St. Johns, St. Lucie and coastal Volusia counties. Hurricane watches or warnings are no longer in place for Florida. The most likely arrival times for tropical storm force winds near the coast are through this afternoon in Central Florida and overnight for North Florida. UF units with operations within the identified warning areas should continue to monitor Isaias and be prepared for tropical storm-force winds.

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 the latest forecasts. For the most up-to-date information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Isaias – Update #5 – 8/1/2020

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

Hurricane conditions and dangerous storm surge will continue in portions of the northwest Bahamas today. Hurricane conditions are expected along portions of the Florida East Coast by late tonight and Sunday. We encourage everyone in those areas to take necessary precautions in advance of the storm, and ensure their emergency supply kit is ready.

The greatest wind threat is along the immediate Space and Treasure coasts, where Hurricane Isaias is forecast to make its closest approach. Gusts to hurricane strength are possible today and Sunday. A storm surge watch has been issued for St. Johns, Flagler, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties. A hurricane warning has been issued for coastal Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and coastal/metro Palm Beach, as well as hurricane watch for coastal Broward and inland Palm Beach counties.

Furthermore, a tropical storm warning has been issued for Clay, Putnam, St. Johns, inland Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Okeechobee, inland Palm Beach, Broward and coastal/metro Miami-Dade. A tropical storm watch for Duval, Nassau and inland/far south Miami-Dade County has also been issued. The most likely arrival of winds is beginning tonight in South Florida, Sunday morning in Central Florida and Sunday evening/night in North Florida.

UF units with operations in coastal portions of South and Central Florida should closely monitor forecasts, and those in watch/warning areas should follow guidance from local officials.

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 the latest forecasts or schedule changes as information is available. For the latest information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Isaias – Update #4 – 7/31/2020

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

Hurricane Isaias will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides in the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, the Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas. Heavy rains associated with the hurricane may begin to affect South and East-Central Florida late Friday night.

Hurricane conditions and dangerous storm surge are expected in portions of the Bahamas today and Saturday, and hurricane warnings are in effect.  Tropical storm conditions are expected with hurricane conditions possible along portions of the Florida East Coast beginning Saturday, and tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches are in effect. Storm surge watches or warnings could be needed for part of the Florida East Coast this afternoon.

A hurricane watch has been issued for Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and coastal Palm Beach counties. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, coastal Palm Beach, coastal Broward, and coastal Miami-Dade. Furthermore, tropical storm watch has been issued for inland Palm Beach, inland Broward, metro Miami-Dade, as well as Lake Okeechobee.  Watches and warnings may expand northward today and tomorrow.   Most likely arrival times of winds are Saturday for South Florida, overnight Saturday for Central Florida, and Sunday for North Florida.

UF units with operations in coastal portions of South and Central Florida should closely monitor forecasts and those in watch/warning areas should follow guidance from local officials. We encourage everyone in those areas to take necessary precautions in advance of the storm, and ensure their emergency supply kit is ready.

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 the latest information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Isaias – Update #3 – 7/30/2020

University of Florida officials are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Isaias.

Here’s what we know today

Tropical Storm Isaias is currently located near Hispaniola. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Isaias will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides across Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, the Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas. Heavy rains associated with the tropical storm may begin to affect South Florida Saturday morning, potentially resulting in isolated flash and urban flooding.

Tropical storm conditions will continue across portions of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today and will spread westward to portions of Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas later today and through Friday.  Tropical storm warnings are currently in effect for those areas.

There is a risk of impacts from winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge along portions of the U.S. East Coast beginning this weekend in Florida. Due to Tropical Storm Isaias interacting with Hispaniola, the details of the track and intensity forecast remain uncertain, and it is too soon to determine the magnitude and location of the potential impacts.

No watches or warnings are currently in place for Florida. However, tropical storm or hurricane watches could be issued later today for South Florida. UF units with operations in coastal portions of South and Central Florida should closely monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials.

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 updated information, please visit National Hurricane Center.
 
 

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.