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Tropical Storm Humberto update for Saturday 9/14 at 9:20 a.m.

**Tropical Storm Humberto update for Saturday 9/14 at 9:20 a.m.**

  • On the forecasted track, the system will gradually move away from the northwestern Bahamas later today, and then will move well offshore of the east coast of Florida this weekend and early next week.
  • No UF actions nor continued monitoring are required for Humberto.
  • No watches or warnings are in place for Florida.
  • Aside from offshore waters and immediate beach areas (rip currents), the storm is not a significant concern for the state.
  • The threat of heavy rain and winds along the coast has diminished.

With no watches/warnings in place for Florida and the state outside of the forecast error cone, this will be the last update regarding Humberto.

Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 update for Friday 9/13 at 12:30 p.m.

**Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 Update for Friday (9/13) at 12:30 p.m.** UF is monitoring the progress of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine. No significant impacts are forecast for the Gainesville area. Up to 1 inch of rain is possible locally through Monday. No changes to UF operations or schedules are anticipated. In North Florida, heavy rains (2-3 inches) and any potential tropical storm force winds will be limited to the immediate coast this weekend. Adjustments of the track to the east will lessen any forecasted impacts. No inland county watches or warnings are anticipated, including for Alachua County. A Tropical Storm Watch is in place from the Flagler/Volusia County line south to Jupiter Inlet. Tropical storm conditions are possible along this section of the coast beginning Saturday evening or early Sunday. UF units with operations along the coast in the watch area (Flagler/Volusia County line south to Jupiter Inlet) should follow guidance from local officials. At the 11am Advisory, the system was located approximately 280 miles east-south east of Freeport in the Bahamas. Max sustained winds are near 30 mph. The disturbance has not yet developed a well-defined center but a tropical depression or storm is expected for form later today. The system is barely moving, but is expected to resume a slow motion toward the northwest and north-northwest later today. On the forecast track, the system is anticipated to move across the central and northwestern Bahamas today, and along or near the east coast of Florida Saturday through Sunday. Updates will be posted daily unless circumstances warrant more frequent communication. 

Hurricane Dorian Update for Wednesday, 9/4, 12:50 p.m.

**Hurricane Dorian Update for Wednesday (9/4) at 12:50 p.m.** Storm FAQ: https://updates.emergency.ufl.edu/2019/08/28/storm-preparation-faq/ The UF campus in Gainesville is on a normal schedule today (9/4) with the exception of academic classes. Classes resume tomorrow (9/5). UF units with operations in areas covered by watches and warnings should continue to closely follow the advice of local officials. No watches or warnings are in place for Alachua County. A chance of showers and thunderstorms remains today in association with outer rain bands, but only half an inch of total rain is forecast. Extremely warm weather returns tomorrow, with highs in the mid-90’s. At the 11 a.m. advisory, the center of Dorian was approximately 90 miles east-northeast of Daytona Beach, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 105mph (Category 2). Dorian is moving toward the north-northwest near 9 mph and this motion is expected to continue today as it edges north of Florida tonight. The center of Dorian is forecast to travel near or over the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday. This is the last planned update regarding Hurricane Dorian.

Hurricane Dorian update for Tuesday, 9/3, 1:50 p.m.

**Hurricane Dorian Update for Tuesday (9/3) at 1:50 p.m.**

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

Only essential functions are open on the UF campus in Gainesville. On Wednesday, 9/4, classes are canceled but otherwise the Gainesville campus will be operating on a normal schedule.

UF units outside of Alachua County should follow the closures of their local governments and heed advice from local officials, including evacuations.

No Tropical Storm Watches or Warnings are in place for Alachua County and are not anticipated. 1.5-2 inches of rain is forecast over the next 48 hours in associated with Dorian. Isolated higher amounts are possible. No significant local impacts are currently forecast for the campus/Gainesville area. Rain and thunderstorms are possible.

At the 11 a.m. advisory, Dorian was finally moving northwestward but only at 2mph. A slightly faster motion toward the northwest or north-northwest is expected later today and tonight. The center was located approximately 105 miles east of Ft. Pierce, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 110mph (Category 2).

On the forecasted track, the core of Dorian will gradually move north of Grand Bahama Island through this evening.  The hurricane will then move close to the Florida east coast late today through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday and Thursday night.

Dorian is expected to maintain its current Category 2 status as it parallels the Florida east coast today and Wednesday.

A current list of coastal watches and warnings is available from the National Hurricane Center.

UF Gainesville campus classes canceled on Wednesday, resume Thursday; campus open on Wednesday

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

Out of concern for students who may need to travel back to Gainesville or who are assisting family members who may be affected by the hurricane, classes at the University of Florida’s campus in Gainesville will be canceled on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

However, the campus will re-open on Wednesday, Sept. 4, on a normal operating schedule for all facilities, including the Reitz Student Union, RecSports, libraries and dining facilities.  All Gainesville campus faculty, staff and other paid employees should report to work per their normal Wednesday schedule. Employees, including student and research assistants, who are out of town and will not be able to work as scheduled should let their supervisors know in keeping with normal practice.

Classes will resume on Thursday, Sept. 5.

As previously announced, the Gainesville campus is closed and classes canceled for Tuesday, Sept. 3.

University officials are continuing to monitor Hurricane Dorian. Further communication will be forthcoming should the forecast track change and place Alachua County in line for experiencing hazardous conditions.

Also as previously announced, campus will remain open on a normal holiday schedule for today, including facilities such as the Reitz Student Union, RecSports, libraries, etc.

Only essential university personnel should report for work on Tuesday, Sept.3, and other personnel should not come to campus.

For clarity, here is the university’s Gainesville campus schedule for this week:

MONDAY, SEPT. 2

  • Campus is operating on a normal holiday schedule
  • Facilities such as the Reitz Student Union, RecSports, libraries, etc., are open (holiday hours)
  • No classes (holiday)

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3

  • Classes are canceled
  • Campus is closed
  • Facilities such as the Reitz Student Union, RecSports, libraries, etc., are closed
  • Only essential university personnel should report for work and other personnel should not come to campus

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4

  • Classes are canceled
  • Campus is open
  • All facilities open on normal operating schedule
  • All Gainesville campus faculty, staff and other paid employees should report to work per their normal Wednesday schedule

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5

  • Classes resume
  • Campus is open on a normal schedule

UF Health clinical and core service personnel should check with their supervisors as to whether they should report to work and provide support to the academic health center for essential clinical operations

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

UF/IFAS and other UF personnel outside of Alachua County should adhere to their county government guidelines and consult their supervisors.

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School will be open and operating on a normal schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Should Hurricane Dorian impact the school schedule, communications will be sent to families via phone, email and text. Announcements will be posted on the website (http://pkyonge.ufl.edu) and shared via Facebook.

Supervisors, please ensure that all employees are informed of these schedules.

Notices of any scheduling changes can be found through a link on the UF home page or on the information line at 866-UF-FACTS or 866-833-2287. Time reporting information will be provided by UF Human Resources once the university reopens.

As always, students and employees in need of immediate assistance 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 833-306-0103 or go to https://eap.ufl.edu/.

Hurricane Dorian update for Monday, 9/2 at 1:30 p.m.

**Hurricane Dorian Update for Monday (9/2) at 1:30 p.m.**

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

The UF campus in Gainesville is on a normal holiday schedule for today. Classes are canceled and offices closed on Tuesday.

UF units outside of Alachua County should follow local government closures and heed direction from local officials, including evacuations.

The UF Emergency Operations Team and Policy Group is meeting daily to coordinate actions and decisions for the university.

At the 11 a.m. advisory, Dorian was located approximately 110 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 155mph (Category 4). The storm is moving very slowly to the west at 1 MPH.

A slow westward to west-northwestward motion is forecast during the next day or so, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest and north.  On this track, the core of Hurricane Dorian will continue to impact Grand Bahama Island through much of today and tonight.  The hurricane will then move close to the Florida east coast late tonight through Wednesday evening as a major hurricane.

No watches or warnings are in place for Alachua County and are not anticipated based upon the current forecast.

Sustained tropical storm force winds are not forecasted for the immediate area with the current forecast track. Any peak winds would come within rain bands rotating around the system and would not be continuous.

Flooding rainfall is not expected locally with total amounts of 2-3 inches currently forecast for the Gainesville area.

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

Hurricane Dorian Update for Sunday 9/1, 1:40 p.m.

**Hurricane Dorian Update for Sunday (9/1) at 1:40 p.m.**

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

The UF campus in Gainesville remains on a normal schedule today and normal holiday schedule on Monday. University offices are closed and classes canceled on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

All UF units in the peninsula should continue to closely monitor the progress for Dorian for forecast changes.

UF units with operations within the watch and warning areas should follow advice from local officials, including local government closures.

Based upon the 11 a.m. advisory, Gainesville has a 43% chance of experiencing tropical storm force winds and a 1% chance of hurricane force winds.

National Weather Service-Jacksonville indicates tropical storm force winds are not expected locally based upon the current track.

The cumulative rainfall forecast continues to decrease, with the Gainesville area expected to receive 1 inch or less.

These impacts are based upon an offshore track. Additional adjustments of the track towards Florida could increase potential wind and rain threats locally.

At the 11 a.m. advisory, the distinct eye center of Dorian was located approximately 205 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 180mph (Category 5). That location is over the Abacos Islands in the Northwestern Bahamas.

A slower westward motion should continue for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest.  On this track, the core of Dorian will continue to move over Great Abaco and move near or over Grand Bahama Island later tonight and Monday. The hurricane should move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts tracks the center of Dorian off of the Florida east coast on Monday through Wednesday as a major hurricane.

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

Hurricane Dorian update for Saturday 8/31, 1:20 p.m.

**Hurricane Dorian Update for Saturday (8/31) at 1:20 p.m.**

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

The UF campus in Gainesville is on a normal schedule this weekend and a normal holiday schedule on Monday. Classes are canceled and offices closed on Tuesday.

UF units with operations outside of Gainesville should follow the closures and guidance of their local governments.

All UF units in the peninsula should continue to closely monitor the progress of Dorian even with the recent, positive forecast changes. Much of the peninsula remains within the forecast error cone.

At the 11 a.m. advisory, Dorian was located approximately 415 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 150mph (Category 4).

On the forecasted track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and move near the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday.

The current forecast moves the center of Dorian east of the Florida coast on Monday through Wednesday as a major hurricane.

No watches or warning are currently in place for the Florida coast but tropical storm watches could be issued later today.

While a landfall in Florida is no longer forecasted, significant impacts remain possible, including hurricane-force winds along portions of the Florida east coast.

An estimated 4-8 inches of widespread rain is possible in association with Dorian, with higher amounts along the Florida east coast. Cumulative rainfall totals of 3-4 inches are possible in the Gainesville area based upon current forecasts.

As of the 11 a.m. advisory, Gainesville has a 46% of experiencing sustained tropical storm force winds and a 3% chance of hurricane force winds. Those percentages have been reducing over the last few advisories and may continue that trend.

If tropical storm force winds were to occur locally, the mostly likely arrival time remains on Tuesday.

Timing of the anticipated northward turn of Dorian on Monday/Tuesday, along with how far west the storm is located before the turn, will determine the exact impacts to the state.

Forecast track changes to the west will increase impacts and changes to the east will reduce currently forecasted impacts. The NHC track is west of most model guidance.

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

Hurricane Dorian update for Friday 8/30, 12:50 P.M.

**Hurricane Dorian Update for Friday (8/30) at 12:50 p.m.**

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

The UF campus in Gainesville has canceled classes and closed offices for Tuesday, September 3. UF units outside of Alachua County should follow their local government closures and advice from their local officials.

All UF units in the peninsula should closely follow the progress of Dorian and be prepared to implement their tropical weather plans.

At the 11 a.m. advisory, Dorian was located 660 miles east of West Palm Beach with maximum sustained winds of 110mph.

On the current forecast track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today and tomorrow, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and be near the Florida peninsula late Monday.

Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane later today, and expected to remain a major hurricane while it moves near the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the Florida Peninsula into early next week.

No current Hurricane Watches or Warning are currently in place for Florida but are anticipated.

The 11 a.m. NHC forecast brings the center of Dorian near Palm Beach County on Monday into Tuesday as a Category 4. The end of the 5-day forecast places the center inland over Central Florida as a Category 1 on Wednesday morning. As always, do no focus on the exact center line track.

Dorian is forecast to produce 6-12 inches of rain, with isolated areas of 18 inches. Locally in Gainesville, 3-4 inches is expected but may change depending on exact track of storm.

Exact timing for wind arrive times remains uncertain but tropical storm force winds could begin along the coast Sunday night and could potential occur locally on Tuesday or later.

Impacts from Dorian will vary based upon where the forecasted northward turn occurs over or near the peninsula.

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

UF Gainesville campus closed and classes canceled Tuesday

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

Due to Hurricane Dorian, the University of Florida’s campus in Gainesville will be closed and classes are canceled for Tuesday, Sept. 3. An announcement regarding whether campus will be closed and classes canceled on Wednesday, Sept. 4, will be forthcoming when a decision is made.

Depending on the hurricane’s projected impact, campus shelters may be opened for students, faculty and staff, and their family members. We will provide announcements regarding shelters and other campus-related operations on a regular basis. Please monitor official university channels.

Campus will remain open on a normal holiday schedule for Monday, Sept. 2, including facilities such as the Reitz Student Union, RecSports, libraries, etc.

Only essential university personnel should report for work on Tuesday, Sept.3, and other personnel should not come to campus. For guidance about whether you are essential personnel, please visit https://hr.ufl.edu/forms-policies/policies-managers/essential-personnel/

UF Health clinical and core service personnel should check with their supervisors as to whether they should report to work and provide support to the academic health center for emergency operations.

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

UF/IFAS and other UF personnel outside of Alachua County should adhere to their county government guidelines and consult their supervisors.

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School is also closed Tuesday, Sept. 3, and operating on the same schedule as the University of Florida. Should Hurricane Dorian further impact the school schedule next week, communications will be sent to families via phone, email and text. Announcements will be posted on the website (http://pkyonge.ufl.edu) and shared via Facebook.

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

Notices of any scheduling changes can be found through a link on the UF home page or on the information line at 866-UF-FACTS or 866-833-2287. Time reporting information will be provided by UF Human Resources next week.

As always, students and employees in need of immediate assistance 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 833-306-0103 or go to https://eap.ufl.edu/