==============CURRENT WEATHER ALERTS==============
10:00 AM Wednesday / July 2, 2014
Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to continue its slow north-northeast crawl off the Florida coast. Situated over the Gulf Stream, Arthur will continue to gather strength as it moves toward the Carolinas. The storm poses no immediate threat to the Jacksonville area. However, we are under a High Rip Current Risk warning as of 6 am this morning, increasing during the day. Surf is expected to build throughout the day along with a couple of rounds of drenching, gusty thunderstorms on Wednesday into Thursday.
WARNING: rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of jetties and piers. All students are advised to use extreme caution, heed the advice of lifeguards and the beach patrol and to pay attention to flags and posted signs.
==============PAST WEATHER ALERTS==============
10:25 AM Tuesday / July 1, 2014
A tropical depression has formed off the Florida coast, and the National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for the east coast of the state from Ft. Pierce north to Flagler Beach. As of 8 a.m. today, maximum sustained winds were near 35 mph, with some strengthening expected during the next two days. The areas affected could see tropical storm conditions within 24 to 36 hours, and the storm is expected to move north/northwest and stay off the east coast over the next few days, passing by our area on Wednesday. All residents along the Southeast coast are being advised to monitor the progress of the storm.
At this time, it appears the storm will pass well offshore of Jacksonville and pose no immediate threat to our area other than a possible passing band of showers. However, the storm will produce strong rip currents along the coastline. Those entering the ocean should do so with extreme caution and follow all lifeguard instructions.
We will continue to monitor the situation and notify you of any changes that may affect your safety.
Positioned just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville University occasionally experiences the effects of tropical weather. In the event of potential tropical weather, the President will activate University’s Weather Preparedness Team. The team closely monitors weather forecast models and communicates with local and regional authorities about precautions which should be taken.
Any decisions to evacuate campus and/or close the University are made by the President, in consultation with the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Weather Preparedness Team. In the event of a campus evacuation, the University will assist residential students with provisions for temporary and reasonable housing and dining accommodations.
Students, faculty, staff, and concerned parents should monitor this page for updated information, in the event of impending tropical weather. The University will post updates as available, and as deemed necessary. High priority communications concerning an eminent storm will be posted to the University home page, www.ju.edu.
Questions regarding weather preparedness should be directed to the Student Life Office at (904) 256-7067 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some links to the most current and accurate weather sites:
National Hurricane Center (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml)
The Weather Channel (http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/)
Weather Underground (http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/)