Archive: Hurricane Irma Update #5

Saturday, September 9, at 10:40 a.m.

Changes Since Last Update


This morning, we are under a hurricane watch. Remember, this means hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area. Watches are issued 48 hours before those conditions are expected to begin.

Edited at 11:24 a.m. to add: As of 11:20 a.m., we are under a hurricane warning. Remember, this means hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area. Watches are issued 36 hours before those conditions are expected to begin.

The forecast continues to change a bit with each advisory. Projected paths now show the eye of Hurricane Irma staying more to our west. While a shift in that direction could be beneficial in terms of expected winds, it would also mean we’re in for heavier rainfall and an increased risk of tornadoes.

Again, the forecast changes with each new advisory, and it’s still too early to know what we can expect from Irma. The extent of our local impacts depends greatly on when the storm turns and how much land the storm passes over as it moves north.

Edited at 11:10 a.m. to add: The 11:00 advisory shows Hurricane Irma has deteriorated to a category 3 storm as a result of its interaction with Cuba. It will likely regain some strength before it makes landfall in southwest Florida, then lose strength again as it crosses the state of Florida.

Weather on Saturday

The outer bands of Hurricane Irma will begin to move through our area today. Heavier bands are likely this afternoon and as the day goes on.

“Bands” refer to the squally ‘bands’ of rain and gusty winds that surround the core of the storm. Between bands, the rain may stop completely, although some wind gusts remain possible. These squalls will become more severe as the core of the storm gets closer, which means they’ll become more severe as it gets later in the day today.

Reminder to students

If you are a residential student, or if you are a non-residential student who wants to come on campus to ride out the storm, you must complete the form at

Riverview Dining Hall is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for brunch today. At 2:00 p.m., the dining hall will close, and all dining will move to the residence halls where students will be riding out the storm (Botts, Oak, and Williams).

Relocation for any students who live in North Hall or the Village apartments and who choose to stay on campus during the storm will begin at 1:00 p.m. today. You must be out of the North Hall and the Village apartments before 4:00 p.m., at which point we will close the northern part of campus.

Review the pinned information below and the Frequently Asked Questions for additional important information.

Reminder to parents and family

Establish a communications plan with your student.

If you urgently need to reach your student and cannot get a hold of them, you may contact Campus Security, and our officers will work with Residential Life to get a message to your student; however, we encourage you to establish a communications plan with your student first so that we can minimize the demands on Campus Security. We appreciate your help in this.