Archive: Hurricane Irma Update #9

Monday, September 11, at 9:00 a.m.

Good morning, JU community. We are more than halfway through the worst of Irma. The storm entered the area as a Category 1 hurricane but has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. Tropical storms still carry very powerful winds with gusts that can exceed 75 mph. The steady rain has almost passed, though we can expect some squalls and showers as the storm moves out of the area throughout the day today. Powerful wind will be the main issue this morning, and we expect that to ease around lunchtime.

Students will remain under lockdown until the entire storm has passed and we give the all-clear for the immediate south campus. Even once we can inspect and clear the south part of campus, we will need time to inspect the rest of campus before students can roam beyond the residence halls. Our beautiful trees have sustained damage, but we don’t know the extent of it yet. We also do not yet know the conditions of the roads and community immediately off campus, but early, ongoing reports indicate that the city of Jacksonville has taken quite a hit.

During the night, we did lose power. We are working to get power restored soon, but, fortunately, we have generators in place to preserve our food stores and to power the lift station that supports our bathrooms. The lift station went down for a short time during the night, but it has switched to generator power, and we have portable sanitation units in place just in case.

Breakfast this morning will be delayed a very short time while our incredible dining services staff finishes setting up without power. It should be ready by 9:30.

We will keep you posted as Tropical Storm Irma moves out of our area and it becomes safe for us to learn more about how campus has fared during the night.