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Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 3:20 p.m.

We are monitoring a severe weather system that will affect us throughout the rest of the day (today, Sunday, January 22). The National Weather Service has placed northeast Florida under a Potentially Dangerous Situation Tornado Watch through 8:00 p.m. today. This means conditions in the area are ripe for strong tornadic development.

A tornado watch means that authorities are watching severe weather conditions for possible funnels. A tornado warning, if one is issued, means a tornado has been sighted in the area, and you should take shelter immediately. Campus Security is monitoring the NOAA Weather Radio and will:

  • Provide notifications and activating alerts for approaching severe weather.
  • Patrol campus, urging everyone to stay indoors.
  • Coordinating with other personnel to:
    • Recall staff working in exposed areas across campus.
    • Secure loose gear, inspect and secure buildings.
    • Inspect campus after storm to assess damage.

We ask students to please stay indoors and to think now about where they will take shelter if/when an alarm sounds. If a tornado warning is issued, students should:

  • Seek shelter indoors, preferably an interior hallway or lower floor.
  • Avoid seeking shelter in the gymnasium.
  • Avoid windows and doors, taking shelter under heavy furniture, if available.
  • Avoid driving or walking through standing water.
  • If outdoors, find shelter in a ditch or depression.
  • Report any injuries, damage, and/or flooding to Campus Security at (904) 256-7585.

At some points this afternoon, the sun may come out for a brief time. Please do not take this as a sign that it is safe to go outdoors. The National Weather Service suggests that the storms moving through the area will move very quickly, and conditions may deteriorate unexpectedly.

Please exercise caution throughout the afternoon and evening, and watch your email and our social media channels for updates. Stay safe, Dolphins!

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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.

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.

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