Archive: Hurricane Irma Update #1

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 1:15 p.m.

Jacksonville University's Emergency Preparedness Team has been monitoring Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean. We are in close communication with local emergency management authorities, the Governor’s Office, and the National Weather Service.

Right now, the storm is located in the Atlantic about 225 miles east of Antigua and Barbuda and is currently heading west. Irma is classified as a Category 5 by the National Hurricane Center with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph. The most recent forecast predicts Irma moving a bit further west throughout the day on Tuesday and taking a turn west-northwest tonight.

The storm does not pose an immediate threat to us; however, it is important to note the projected path as it pertains to us here in Jacksonville - as well as its intensity -- could change many times over the next week. Based on the current size and projected path of the storm, we could experience inclement weather from the outermost bands of Irma as early as Sunday evening.

Although it is unlikely, based on the latest forecast, that the hurricane will present a threat to the JU campus, we are thoroughly preparing our campus for the possibility. This includes securing our facilities and taking measures to prevent water damage to buildings if we experience excessive rain.

We will continue to track the storm's progress closely throughout the coming days. Students, faculty, and staff should monitor their email inboxes for additional information relevant to them.

Look for regular updates on this website and social media (Facebook, Twitter) as new information regarding the storm's impact on us becomes available.

If there is a time-sensitive, urgent emergency, we will communicate with students, faculty, and staff through text alerts and the on-campus alert system.

Your JU Emergency Preparedness Team is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff and campus. Please stay tuned for updates.