Archive: Hurricane Irma Update #7

Sunday, September 10, at 12:00 p.m.

Changes since the last update

University operations

The Emergency Preparedness Team has decided to extend the closure of the university through Wednesday, September 13.

When we initially announced our plan to close the university through Tuesday, September 12, the forecasts indicated we would likely experience the most severe weather during the night between Sunday and Monday. Since then, forecasts have changed, as they always do with these storms, and we are expecting the most severe weather to arrive during the day on Monday. To ensure that we have sufficient time to complete inspections and cleanup of campus before we resume normal operations, and to allow students who left to have sufficient time to travel back to campus, we have determined that it is in everyone’s best interest that we plan to remain closed through Wednesday, September 13.


Hurricane Irma currently hitting the Florida Keys as a category 4 storm. Recent forecasts show the center of the storm traveling up the west coast of Florida. There are advantages and disadvantages to this forecast for us. If the eye of the storm stays far west of us, we may avoid significant exposure to hurricane-force winds; however, this positioning means that we will spend an extended period of time in the northeast and east sides of the storm, which carry a higher risk of tornadic activity. Our RAs have been working to educate students about tornado safety, and they will go over tornado procedures again at mandatory meetings later today at 7:00 p.m. on their respective halls.

Student reminders

At this point, we strongly encourage students to take shelter and plan to stay put until conditions improve and we issue word that it is safe to move around campus.

The ‘all-clear’ announcement could come as early as Tuesday morning, but it’s still too early to say with any degree of certainty.

Meals will be served in your residence hall -- Botts, Oak, or Williams -- throughout the day today (Sunday) and tomorrow (Monday). Snacks are available between major meals.

Students who live in North Hall or the Village Apartments will be able to move back to their fall room assignments when those buildings have been inspected and deemed safe. We will inform you here on or by email when it is safe for you to return to your room.