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University Statement Regarding Operations During Tropical Storm Elsa

The University of Florida’s main campus in Gainesville will be closed on Wednesday, July 7 because of Tropical Storm Elsa. Only essential university personnel should report for work. Classes will resume and campus will reopen Thursday, July 8.

Alachua County is currently under a tropical storm warning. We ask UF Health clinical and core service personnel to check with their supervisors as to whether they should report to work and provide support to the academic health center for emergency operations.

We also want to remind the UF community that students, faculty and staff who are not working at UF Health during the severe weather should not use UF Health parking facilities to safeguard their vehicles from the storm. This includes UF garages I, II, III, VI, IX, X, as well as the UF Health Shands garages south of Archer Road.

UF/IFAS personnel outside Gainesville should adhere to their county government guidelines on closing. Personnel in other UF programs outside of Gainesville should consult their supervisors.

Supervisors, please ensure that all employees, including OPS, are informed of this closure.

Some campus dining facilities will remain open on Wednesday. For a list of locations and hours go to  Gator Dining Services.

Notices of any scheduling changes can be found through a link on the UF home page

We encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions in advance of the forecast and monitor media reports.

As always, students and employees in need of immediate help should dial 911. Students may also contact U Matter We Care at umatter@ufl.edu or by calling (352) 294-CARE (2273). Employees may call the Employee Assistance Program at (352) 392-5787.

Stay safe,

Dr. Joseph Glover, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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

Tropical Storm Elsa – Update #6 – 7/6/2021

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

As Elsa moves near or along the western Florida Peninsula through Wednesday, heavy rainfall may result in isolated flash, urban and minor river flooding, with considerable flash and urban flooding possible in the southwest and western portions of Florida.

There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge along portions of the west coast of Florida tonight and Wednesday, and a storm surge warning is in effect for that area. Hurricane conditions are possible tonight and early Wednesday along a portion of the west coast of Florida, where a hurricane watch is in effect.

Tropical storm conditions are occurring across portions of the Florida Keys and are expected to spread northward through Wednesday morning along much of the west coast of the state, where a tropical storm warning is in effect. Some slight strengthening is possible through tonight, and the National Hurricane Center forecasts a strong tropical storm making landfall along the Big Bend region Wednesday morning.

All UF units in Florida should closely monitor forecasts. Those within the watches and warnings areas should be finalizing preparations today and follow guidance from local officials.

Alachua County is currently under a tropical storm warning. In-person and online classes at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville will be canceled and offices will be closed Wednesday, July 7. Classes will resume and campus will reopen Thursday, July 8.  

The current forecast indicates Gainesville will receive tropical storm winds. The most likely window of concern for wind and heavy rain is tomorrow from early morning through the afternoon. The risk for potential impacts increases west of I-75.

We will continue to update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.

For the latest on the status of operations, 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. For more information, please visit National Hurricane Center.

Classes at UF’s Campus Cancelled, Offices Closed July 7

All classes at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville will be canceled and offices will be closed Wednesday, July 7, because of Tropical Storm Elsa. Essential employees should check with their supervisors. Classes will resume and campus will reopen Thursday, July 8. 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 should check for information regarding their campuses. Click here for the latest on the status of operations and monitor local news media for more details to come.

 

Tropical Storm Elsa – Update #5 – 7/5/2021

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

Heavy rain will impact the Cayman Islands and Cuba today resulting in significant flooding and mudslides over Cuba. Tropical storm conditions and dangerous storm surge are expected to continue across portions of central and western Cuba today.

As Tropical Storm Elsa approaches the Florida Keys and the Florida Peninsula Monday through Wednesday, heavy rainfall may result in isolated flash, urban and minor river flooding.

The current forecast indicates tropical storm conditions are expected in portions of the Florida Keys and along Florida’s west coast, where a tropical storm warning is in effect, tonight through tomorrow night. A tropical storm watch and storm surge watch are in effect for portions of the west coast of Florida and the Florida Big Bend.

A few tornadoes are possible across South Florida tonight, with the threat moving northward across the Peninsula on Tuesday and Wednesday. A surge warning could be issued later today along Tampa Bay.

All UF units in Florida should closely monitor forecasts and be prepared to implement their plans. Those within the watches and warnings areas should be implementing plans and be ready to follow guidance from local officials.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, but counties immediately to the south, including Marion, have watches issued. The UF campus in Gainesville remains on normal operations for Tuesday and will continue to evaluate conditions for Wednesday. We will continue to update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center 

Tropical Storm Elsa – Update #4 – 7/4/2021

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

Tropical storm conditions and dangerous storm surge are expected with hurricane conditions possible in portions of eastern Cuba later today and tonight. Tropical storm conditions are expected in portions of central and western Cuba tonight and Monday.

As tropical storm Elsa approaches the Florida Keys and the Florida Peninsula Monday through Wednesday, heavy rainfall may result in isolated flash, urban and minor river flooding. The current forecast indicates tropical storm conditions, storm surge and rainfall impacts are expected beginning late Monday in the Florida Keys and are possible along the coast of southwestern Florida beginning tomorrow night.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the lower and middle Keys. A tropical storm watch has been issued for the upper Keys and portions of the southwest coast. Additional watches and warnings are likely to be issued later today.

UF units in Florida with operations should closely monitor forecasts. Those within the watches and warnings areas should be implementing plans 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 planned for the UF campus in Gainesville. Gainesville is projected to receive 3.2 inches of rain through Friday. However, the forecast remains uncertain due to Elsa’s potential interaction with Cuba. 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 Elsa – Update #3 – 7/3/2021

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

A hurricane warning remains in effect for portions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Heavy rain will impact the Cayman Islands and Cuba tomorrow into Monday. Tropical storm conditions and dangerous storm surge are expected with hurricane conditions in portions of eastern Cuba beginning early Sunday.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for the state of Florida but will most likely be issued later today. The current forecast indicates tropical storm winds will most likely reach the Keys during the day on Monday and then spread into the Peninsula Monday night into Tuesday. UF units in Florida should monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance and implement plans.

There is an increasing risk of tropical storm conditions, storm surge and rainfall impacts beginning Monday in the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula. This risk will spread northward along the Florida Peninsula through Wednesday.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operational changes are planned for the UF campus in Gainesville. Gainesville is projected to receive 3.2 inches of rain over the next five days.  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 Elsa – Update #2 – 7/2/2021

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

Heavy rainfall from Elsa will move quickly across Windward and southern Leeward Islands today, including Barbados. Outer rains bands will impact Puerto Rico late today and tomorrow.  Hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning area in Haiti on Saturday and tropical storm conditions are expected with hurricane conditions possible along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic and in Jamaica.

There is an increasing risk of strong winds, storm surge and rainfall impacts in portions of Cuba this weekend and early next week, with impacts also expected in Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas.

All of the Florida Peninsula as well as the Big Bend and eastern Panhandle regions are now within the forecast error cone. The official National Hurricane Center forecast track brings Elsa’s center across the Peninsula on Tuesday through Wednesday morning. However, there is significant uncertainty in both the track and intensity forecasts due to the Elsa’s potential interaction with the Greater Antilles this weekend.

All UF units in Florida should monitor forecasts and be prepared to implement plans, especially heading into a holiday weekend.

Elsa is expected to remain a hurricane for the next 12-48 hours and then weaken back to tropical storm status due to land interaction.  No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for the state of Florida but will most likely be tomorrow for the Keys and southern Florida. The current forecast indicates tropical storm winds will most likely reach the Keys during the day on Monday and then spread into the Peninsula Monday night into Tuesday.

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 Elsa – Update #1 – 7/1/2021

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

Tropical storm conditions are expected beginning Friday in portions of the Windward and southern Leeward Islands, including Barbados, with outer rain bands impacting Puerto Rico. There is a risk of wind and rainfall impacts in portions of Hispaniola, Cuba, the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas through early next week.

Elsa has maximum sustained winds near 45 mph, and gradual strengthening is forecast. Elsa is currently expected to maintain tropical-storm strength through the next five days, and while it is too soon for the National Hurricane Center to determine the exact timing, magnitude and location of possible impacts from wind and rainfall, all UF units in Florida should monitor forecasts, especially heading into a holiday weekend.

No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for the state of Florida but could be issued as soon as Saturday for the Keys and southern Florida. There is a risk of tropical storm force surge, wind and rainfall impacts for the Keys and southern Peninsula early next week.

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