Archive: Tropical Storm Michael Update #1 October 8, 2018, at 9:45 a.m.

Jacksonville University's Emergency Preparedness Team is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Michael in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The most recent forecast predicts this tropical system will move north into the Gulf and turn towards the northeast during the day on Wednesday to make landfall along the Gulf Coast of the Florida panhandle on Wednesday evening. At this time, Michael is a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

Given the size and predicted path of the storm, we may begin to experience locally heavy rainfall as early as tonight, and the forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that local impacts are possible through Thursday. Homecoming and Family Weekend is this weekend, and, at this time, we don’t anticipate that Michael will change our plans for this always-exciting celebration; however, it is important to note that Michael’s path and intensity may change over the next several hours.

Please look for further updates through your JU email and on JU social media.

In the event of an emergency, notifications and alerts will be broadcast immediately through a combination of the following communication channels:

We work throughout the year to prepare for tropical systems like Michael, and we are taking all necessary precautions in case this system does threaten us. The Emergency Preparedness Team will continue to monitor Michael closely with the help of the National Weather Service and local government officials.