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/

UF Health parking areas reserved for essential staff during crises

When UF Health responds to a community crisis, such as a severe weather event like Hurricane Dorian, it has to ensure its essential hospital and support personnel can access parking in the garages and lots close to the health buildings. Over the weekend and early next week, UF Health parking will be reserved only for those working. Faculty, staff and students who are not working at UF Health during the severe weather should not use these 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.

Severe Weather Guidance from UF Police Chief

TO: All UF Faculty, Staff and Students
FROM: UF Police Chief and Assistant Vice President of Public and Environment Safety, Linda J. Stump-Kurnick
RE: Severe Weather Guidance

With a tropical weather system approaching the state of Florida this week, our top priorities are the safety and welfare of our students, faculty and staff in our community.

We encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions in advance of the forecast. At this time, the university will be maintaining a normal schedule, but if the conditions warrant changes, we will keep everyone informed. The university community is also urged to monitor media reports.

INFORMATION SOURCES

  • In addition to posting on the UF homepage, which should be the main resource for the latest information, and UF Alert, university officials will provide updates through the social media platforms of Twitter @UF, @UFPublicSafety and Facebook.
  • Frequently monitor local media (WRUF-TV [Cox Cable Channel 6], 89.1 FM, 103.7 FM and 850 AM) for storm updates and information from local officials.
  • Updated weather briefings are available from National Weather Service (NWS)-Jacksonville:  https://www.weather.gov/media/jax/briefings/nws-jax-briefing.pdf
  • Information will be updated daily on UF’s Rumor Control Line: 1-866-UF-FACTS.
  • Please download the UF GATORSAFE safety mobile app for additional information (iOS App Store / Google Play).
  • Updates from the UF Weather Center are available at ufweather.org. Statewide information from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network is available on the mobile app Florida Storms.

UF and surrounding areas can experience several types of severe weather during different seasons of the year, and it’s important to understand what the forecast holds for North Central Florida over the next few days.

If the area is impacted by sustained tropical storm force winds, the university will take appropriate steps to determine if normal operations need to be altered. The university also encourages all students, faculty and staff to prepare for the possible storm at home by taking the following actions:

BEFORE THE STORM

DURING THE STORM

  • Stay indoors and do not travel during the storm
  • If winds become strong, stay away from doors and windows. Take refuge in an interior room, closet or hallway
  • Do NOT use candles, which can increase fire risk
  • Understand that emergency services and scheduled bus routes might not be able to respond or operate during the storm
  • Be mindful of the potential for flooding, and always avoid driving through flooded roadways. Turn around, don’t drown.

Hurricane Dorian update for Thursday 8/29, 12:50 p.m.

**Hurricane Dorian Update for Thursday (8/29) at 12:50 p.m.**

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

At this time, UF has not cancelled classes. Any cancellation announcements will be posted on updates.emergency.ufl.edu.

All UF units in the peninsula should closely monitor the progress of Dorian and be prepared to implement their tropical weather plans late this weekend. UF units with operations outside of Alachua County should follow closures of their local government and follow advice from local officials, including evacuations.

At the 11 a.m. advisory, the center of Hurricane Dorian was located 370 miles east of the Southeastern Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Conditions are favorable for continued intensification over the next several days. Rapid intensification also remains possible. Dorian is forecast to move well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas today and approach the northwestern Bahamas Saturday and Sunday before reaching Florida on Monday.

Much uncertainly remains in the forecast on exact track, which will determine local impacts. The 11 a.m. advisory brings the center of Dorian to Indian River/Brevard County coasts as Category 3 on Monday. Again, do not focus on the specific center line track due to uncertainty about the forecast for days 4 and 5.

Based upon the current forecast, the Gainesville area has a 51% chance of experiencing tropical storm force winds. This percentage is likely to increase over time. Exact rainfall amount will be determined by eventual path of the storm. Widespread areas of 5-8 inches of rainfall are expected across much of the peninsula.

The next update is anticipated on Friday at 12:30 p.m. In the meantime, please follow updates from the National Hurricane Center and UF Weather Center.

Hurricane Dorian preparation FAQ

BEFORE THE STORM

DURING THE STORM

  • Stay indoors and do not travel during the storm
  • If winds become strong, stay away from doors and windows. Take refuge in an interior room, closet or hallway
  • Do NOT use candles, which can increase fire risk
  • Understand that emergency services and scheduled bus routes might not be able to respond or operate during the storm

As always, we want everyone to be safe.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR TROPICAL STORMS/HURRICANES

STORM INFORMATION:

How can I keep up with the latest information about the storm?

  • UF’s home page at ufl.edu is the place to find official information regarding the storm as it relates to the university community.
  • UF Alert notifications will go out if there are any storm-related or other emergencies or schedule changes.
  • In addition, information will also be updated on UF’s information line at 1-866-UF-FACTS.
  • Weather updates can be found at ufl.edu and ufweather.org.
  • Smartphone users are encouraged to download the free GATORSAFE app in order to report tips to UFPD, make emergency calls and get safety alerts. Campus resources and maps are also available on this app.

How is the university keeping track of the storm and its possible effects?

The University of Florida actively monitors the track of all storms and inclement weather systems. UF’s Department of Emergency Management participates in daily calls with local and state forecasters and emergency managers to learn the latest track and impacts. UF will update the greater Gator community on efforts, expected impacts or schedule changes as information is available.

What goes into making a decision to cancel classes on campus and or close operations?

The UF administration will make a decision on any potential class cancellations or campus closures when there is sufficient information regarding the track of the storm, potential rainfall and flooding, wind speeds as well as road and other closures. Schedule changes will be sent out through the UF Alert notification system via text message and email, and posted on the UF Home page at www.ufl.edu under the storm tab.

 

PREPARATION AND SAFETY:

What should be done before the storm?

What are some recommendations during the storm?

  • Stay indoors and do not travel during the storm
  • If winds become strong, stay away from doors and windows. Take refuge in an interior room, closet or hallway
  • Do NOT use candles, which can increase fire risk
  • Understand that emergency services and scheduled bus routes might not be able to respond or operate during the storm

How do I sign up to receive UF Alerts?

  • All students and faculty and staff members are automatically enrolled to receive UF Alert text and email messages.
  • To edit your UF Alert location settings, take the following steps:
  • Go to the My UFL website at https://my.ufl.edu/ps/signon.html
  • Click on the “Access myUFL” button and sign in with your Gator Link username and password
  • Select the “Main Menu”
  • Under the “My Account” menu, click “Update Emergency Contact”

 

HOUSING AND SHELTERS:

Where should students who live on campus go?

On-campus housing will remain open. Students who live on campus should stay indoors and follow UF Housing safety recommendations. Students living off campus should follow safety recommendations as well.

Can students stay in residence halls during tropical weather?

Yes, neither the UF campus nor the surrounding Gainesville area have hurricane evacuation zones. In most cases, residents will shelter in their apartment or residence hall. Housing staff will communicate guidance for each building prior to a storm.

Are there generators in the residence halls? What do they power?

Our residence halls are equipped with emergency generators to keep critical life safety systems (emergency lighting and fire alarms) fully operational during a power outage. These generators are tested on a bi-annual and weekly basis to ensure they are in proper working order. The generators do not power elevators, with the exception of Cypress Hall (both elevators) and Beaty Towers, which have emergency power for one elevator in each tower.

Could UF serve as a shelter location?

Yes. Depending on the hurricane’s projected impact, campus shelters may be opened for students, faculty and staff, and their family members. UF has identified several Gainesville campus buildings which could be opened as shelters for employees, students and their families. Students must have their Gator1 Card to enter shelters and must remain with their families at all times. Shelter information will be disseminated widely through campus as well as media resources.

Are there guidelines within the shelter?

Please be advised:

  • No pets or comfort animals will be allowed into the shelter, only ADA service animals are permitted. Alachua County generally offers pet-friendly shelters.
  • Each individual will be allocated 20 square feet of personal space.
  • Please provide your own bedding (i.e. pillows, blankets, sheets, air mattresses etc.).
  • Basic food options will be provided. If you have dietary restrictions, please bring your own food.
  • Don’t forget your chargers for electronic devices, and head phones/ear buds for video and audio use.
  • Please bring your own medicines and/or medical supplies.
  • No re-entry will be allowed after exiting the shelter.

STUDENT SERVICES:

Will student services such as the recreation centers, the libraries or the Reitz Union operations be open during the storm?

The storm will likely impact hours of operation for these services and facilities. For specific updates please click the links below. Please check back frequently as they are subject to change due to continual weather updates.

Recreational Sports: https://recsports.ufl.edu/about/hours/

Reitz Union: http://www.union.ufl.edu/alerts/

Newell Hall: https://newell.dso.ufl.edu/about/locations-and-hours/newell-hall-closures/

Libraries: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/ps/hours/

Will student organization events take place?

If classes are canceled, extracurricular activities such as student organization events, concerts and intramurals, will also be canceled.

ON-CAMPUS FOOD OPTIONS:

Will dining operations be open during the storm?

Generally, dining facilities on campus operate during the hours posted on gatordining.com. Please check back frequently as they are subject to change due to continual weather updates. Consider when stopping by a dining outlet to grab something extra as conditions may worsen. It is important to plan ahead and have additional food to eat if conditions are unsafe later.

ACADEMIC CLASSES:

Will academic assignment due dates be enforced?

Campus closures affect all classes, including those conducted online. Students with specific questions should reach out to their faculty members, who have been asked to be understanding and consider personal and family hardships.

TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING:

Will buses and shuttles be running?

Service will be dictated by wind speeds and weather conditions. Buses and emergency vehicles stop running during high winds. Routes may be detoured due to debris in roadways or closed roadways also. Please follow the City of Gainesville and RTS on Facebook for up-to-date information. Check http://go-rts.com/ for routes and schedules.

Where should students park their cars? If they live off campus and don’t have a permit, can they park on campus? If so, where?

Students who live on campus may keep their cars on campus. Students who live off campus should utilize their normal parking arrangements. Please do not park in UF Health garages.

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

Hurricane

**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. 

Tropical Storm Dorian update for Tuesday 8/27, 12:30 p.m.

**Tropical Storm Dorian Update for Tuesday (8/27) at 12:30pm**

At the 11 a.m. advisory, Tropical Storm Dorian was located in the Eastern Caribbean 415 miles southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds of 50mph.

Land interaction tomorrow with Hispaniola and Puerto Rico will be a major factor in determining Dorian’s intensity later this week. Possibilities as the storm approaches Florida range from a remnant low to a hurricane.

The official NHC forecast indicates Dorian will be a strong tropical storm (70mph) as it approaches the Florida coast on Sunday.

Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches could be issued for portions of Florida on Thursday. Exact impacts to Florida and the Gainesville area remain uncertain at this point. Current estimates indicate 3-4 inches of rain locally, mostly on Sunday and Monday. Rainfall forecasts will change with the track and intensity of the system.

All UF units in the peninsula, including main campus, should continue to monitor the progress of Dorian for potential impacts over the extended Labor Day weekend and review tropical weather plans.