Archive: Hurricane Matthew Update #2

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.

Over the last few days, the Jacksonville University Emergency Readiness Team has been watching Hurricane Matthew very closely. As of the 6:10 a.m. update, the cone of uncertainty depicting the potential path of the storm’s center has shifted westward, indicating a higher risk of impact for us here in Jacksonville.

The latest forecast suggests that we may experience tropical storm conditions Thursday night through early Saturday. If the path of the storm shifts farther west, we would likely experience greater impact.

University leadership will make a decision by 5:00 p.m. EST Wednesday about whether to cancel any classes or on-campus activities, including Homecoming & Family Weekend. Individual professors may choose to cancel their own classes, but any university-wide closures will be announced by email, text message and social media, and at http://www.ju.edu/weather.

Regarding Homecoming & Family Weekend, we are currently making plans to move many of the outdoor events into indoor venues. If you are registered to attend Homecoming & Family Weekend, you can expect further, more detailed updates from the Office of Alumni by 5:00 p.m. EST Wednesday.

We strongly recommend that our students and visitors to campus this week avoid water recreation. This is especially important at the beach, where rough surf and dangerous rip currents will certainly be a threat. Please, if you plan to go to the beach, stay out of the water, both for your safety and for the safety of the emergency responders. Powerful waves and rip currents can be a grave danger even to the most experienced swimmers.

To be clear, we are expecting rainy, windy conditions today and tomorrow as a high pressure system from the north begins to clash with Hurricane Matthew. The inclement weather we experience today and tomorrow is not part of the hurricane, but that does not diminish the need for our campus community to exercise caution while moving around campus.

We are monitoring the storm and will send further updates through email, social media, the website and text messages. If you're living on campus, your RA will be another way we communicate with you.

For continued updates, please check our Facebook, Twitter and the website.

Anticipated Hazards & Safety Tips

​​We encourage everyone on campus to exercise caution and remain indoors to avoid the possibility of falling limbs or lightning.

Remember basic flood safety:

  • Do not walk or drive across flood waters.
  • Avoid recreational contact with flood waters.
  • Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. Most cars ​can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.​​
  • Use special caution at night because flood danger is more difficult to recognize in darkness.

As with any tropical weather, tornadoes are a possibility. In the event of an imminent tornado threat, you will hear the audible siren on campus and receive a text ale​rt. Following that notification, please:

  • Seek shelter inside, in an interior hallway and on the lowest floor of the building.
  • Remain away from windows and doors. If available, take shelter under a desk or a heavy table.
  • Do not seek shelter in the Gymnasium.
  • If outdoors and not near a building​, find shelter in a ditch or depression.
  • Report injury, damage, flooding to Campus Security at (904) 256‐7585.
  • Call 911 for Emergency Response, if necessary.

There is also a rip current advisory is in effect along the coast. If you had plans to visit the beach over the weekend, please stay out of the water.