Archive: Tropical Storm Michael Update #2 October 9, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.

Jacksonville University's Emergency Preparedness Team is continuing to monitor Hurricane Michael.

Based on the 2:00 advisory from the National Weather Service (NWS), Michael will probably make landfall along the panhandle of Florida tomorrow (Wednesday) as a strong hurricane. From there, it is forecast to travel northeast into Georgia.

Here in Jacksonville, we can expect increasing rain and wind through Wednesday. The NWS predicts that we’ll experience winds of 25-30 miles per hour with gusts of about 50 miles per hour. For reference, the city of Jacksonville closes bridges when sustained winds at the top of the span (the highest point on the bridge) reach 40 miles per hour.

We will also be at a slightly increased risk of tornados. The tornados that develop within tropical systems tend to be small, fast, and short-lived. Please charge your phone. Emergency alerts, like tornado warnings, will be sent via text message. Please turn off any ‘Do Not Disturb’ functionality your phone has, and turn up the volume so you get those notifications.

Tornado Safety

You should be prepared to:

  • Seek shelter indoors, preferably an interior hallway or lower floor.
  • Avoid seeking shelter in the gymnasium.
  • Avoid windows and doors, taking shelter under heavy furniture, if available.
  • If outdoors, find shelter in a ditch or depression.
  • Report any injuries, damage, and/or flooding to Campus Security at (904) 256-7585.

The rain and wind associated with Michael is predicted to move out of our area on Thursday. We look forward to celebrating Homecoming & Family Weekend beginning Friday, as planned.

In the meantime, we encourage students, faculty, staff, and friends to be careful as the storm moves through the area. We have safety tips you should review for the weather associated with hurricanes.

Please continue to check your JU email and our social media.

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