Hurricane Irma – Update
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 11 a.m.

Power has been restored on the Florida College campus as of late Monday night. The campus email server is also back up and service has been restored. The normal schedule of classes will resume Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Thank you for your constant support and the many prayers on our behalf.

Hurricane Irma – Update
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 6 p.m.

We experienced a major storm when Hurricane Irma passed by our area last night. Thankfully everyone at Florida College was kept safe and free from harm. There was no major damage to the campus or facilities as a result of the storm. We thank God for these good blessings.

Now that the storm has passed, we are addressing the resulting circumstances. The campus lost power during the storm and continues to be without power. At this time, we do not know when power will be restored, but we have been in contact with the power company for more definitive information.

Our first priority is to take care of our students and to provide for their safety and wellbeing. To that end, we are implementing the following measures:

  • We are taking steps to make sure the students on campus have adequate food and water.
  • Beginning this evening, students may obtain permission to sign out to stay with family or friends who live within a reasonable distance from campus.
  • Classes have already been cancelled through Tuesday, Sept. 12. A decision will be made by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, based on additional information from the power company regarding restoration of power, regarding the status of meeting classes for the remainder of the week.
  • The campus will remain closed to everyone except students until further notice.

We will continue to provide updates as needed.

Hurricane Irma – Update
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 11 a.m.

Hurricane Irma passed through our area during the night. Everyone is safe.

  • The state of emergency on campus has been lifted.
  • However, the campus remains closed until further notice.
  • All classes on Monday and Tuesday are cancelled.
  • The campus lost power during the storm and continues to be without power.
  • Normal email service will be restored as soon as possible after power is restored. During the time the email server is shut down, you should rely on other forms of communication, including the Florida College website, social media or text updates. You may also use mobile phones as these are served by your mobile provider. The college will also continue to provide information through the Campus Emergency Alert System.
  • We ask parents and friends to delay sending mail to students until the middle of the week.

We will continue to provide updates as needed.

Hurricane Irma – Update
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, 7 p.m.

We expect to feel the effects of Hurricane Irma throughout the night. We have taken every possible precaution to be well-prepared as the storm approaches our area.

  • A state of emergency continues in effect for the Florida College campus.
  • A curfew began at 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
  • Students will not be permitted to leave their residence halls until the storm has passed and the emergency is lifted.
  • The campus will remain closed until further notice.
  • We will likely experience power outages during the next several hours. A controlled shutdown of the Florida College email server went into effect this morning at 8 a.m. This measure is part of our plan to protect the system from corruption due to power outages that may occur during the storm. The email server and normal email service will be restored as soon as possible following the storm. During the time the email server is shut down, you should rely on other forms of communication, including the Florida College website, social media or text updates. Wi-Fi will continue to be available in the dorms as long as there is power. You may also use mobile phones as these are served by your mobile provider. The college will also provide information through the Campus Emergency Alert System.

We ask parents and friends to delay sending mail to students until the middle of next week. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and keep you informed.

Our next update will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11.

Hurricane Irma – Update
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, 11 a.m.

We are expected to begin feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma throughout the day today and overnight. We have taken every possible precaution to be well-prepared as the storm approaches our area.

  • A state of emergency continues in effect for the Florida College campus.
  • A curfew began at 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
  • Students will not be permitted to leave their residence halls until the storm has passed and the emergency is lifted.
  • The campus will remain closed until further notice.
  • We will likely experience power outages during the next several hours. A controlled shutdown of the Florida College email server went into effect this morning at 8 a.m. This measure is part of our plan to protect the system from corruption due to power outages that may occur during the storm. The email server and normal email service will be restored as soon as possible following the storm. During the time the email server is shut down, you should rely on other forms of communication, including the Florida College website, social media or text updates. Wi-Fi will continue to be available in the dorms as long as there is power. You may also use mobile phones as these are served by your mobile provider. The college will also provide information through the Campus Emergency Alert System.

We ask parents and friends to delay sending mail to students until the middle of next week. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and keep you informed.

Our next update will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Hurricane Irma – Update
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, 8 p.m.

We are expected to begin feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma throughout the day tomorrow. We have taken every possible precaution to be well-prepared as the storm approaches our area.

  • The residents in College Hall have been moved to Jennifer Hall and Hinely Hall due to the fact that College Hall is more exposed to the elements and is more isolated from the rest of our residence halls.
  • A state of emergency has been declared for the Florida College campus.
  • A curfew began at 6 p.m. this evening.
  • Students will not be permitted to leave their residence halls until the storm has passed and the emergency is lifted.
  • The campus will remain closed until further notice.
  • There will be a controlled shutdown of the Florida College email server beginning on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. This measure is part of our plan to protect the system from corruption due to power outages that may occur during the storm. The email server and normal email service will be restored as soon as possible following the storm. During the time the email server is shut down, you should rely on other forms of communication, including the Florida College website, social media or text updates. Wi-Fi will continue to be available in the dorms as long as there is power. You may also use mobile phones as these are served by your mobile provider. The college will also provide information through the Campus Emergency Alert System.

We ask parents and friends to delay sending mail to students until the middle of next week. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and keep you informed.

Our next update will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Hurricane Irma – Update
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, 11 a.m.

According to the latest forecast models, the eye of Hurricane Irma is projected to pass very near our location around 2 a.m. on Monday. Obviously, this was not the forecast model we were hoping for, and we will continue to pray that the path and intensity of this storm cause as little damage as possible. These fundamental items remain unchanged:

  • This is still a forecast.
  • We have prepared for any scenario.
  • We are not in any evacuation zone. The main reason evacuations are ordered in Florida is due to flooding and storm surge. When evacuations occur in a county or city, the entire county or city is not evacuated. Instead, only people who live in designated evacuation zones within that city or county are evacuated. When that happens, people are moved to higher elevations and away from the coast. Often times, they are moved to evacuation shelters in these safer areas. Several of these evacuation shelters are in our area, including two on the University of South Florida campus and one at Greco Middle School here in Temple Terrace. This further demonstrates that we are on high ground and do not need to evacuate.
  • The greatest danger that we will be facing is wind and rain related. As a result, we are taking precautions to reduce this risk. The residence halls are very strong, and we will be following proper safety protocol in moving students away from windows and into the strongest portions of the building during the period of high wind. When heavy rains fall, we will get temporary flooding in areas. We are using sandbags to direct pooling water away from critical areas.

Our weather forecast for today is normal. We are expected to begin feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma throughout the day tomorrow. However, this is a serious threat to our campus. Therefore, we are taking the following actions:

  • We are moving our residents from College Hall to Jennifer Hall and Hinely Hall due to the fact that College Hall is more exposed to the elements and is more isolated from the rest of our residence halls.
  • A state of emergency has been declared for the Florida College campus.
  • A curfew will be imposed, beginning at 6 p.m. this evening.
  • After 6 p.m. this evening, students will not be permitted to leave their residence halls until the storm has passed and the emergency is lifted.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and keep you informed.

Hurricane Irma – Update
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, 6 p.m.

Throughout the day, Hurricane Irma has continued upon a track that would lead just east of our area by late Sunday night or early Monday. However, that track could shift in either direction. Irma is still a category 4 hurricane and, although it is expected to weaken after making landfall in south Florida, is still a significant storm.

Hurricane Irma is expected to begin impacting the Tampa area on Sunday. We are anticipating strong gusts of wind and approximately 6 inches of rain. As a result, our Saturday evening activities have been postponed. The Chatlos Library will remain open until 5 p.m. on Saturday, but will be closed on Sunday. The Henderson Dining Hall will also be closed on Sunday. Resident students will receive food in the dorm. A final decision has not yet been made regarding classes on Monday, but if the storm continues on its projected course and at its current speed, classes will be cancelled.

We are continuing to monitor this situation very closely and will keep you informed.

Our next update will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Hurricane Irma – Update
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

During the overnight hours, there has been little to no change in the forecast tracking models for Hurricane Irma. The hurricane was downgraded to a Category 4, which is good news, but it could intensify. Most of the tracking models predict that the eye of the storm will pass to the east of our campus, which is also good news. However, the track will continue to shift and be adjusted over the next few days. We continue to monitor this situation very closely.

Although we are encouraged by some weakening in the storm and the fact that the hurricane is currently projected to pass to our east as a significantly weaker storm, we are prepared for any contingency and continue to take this matter very seriously.

Currently, the hurricane is expected to begin directly impacting the Tampa area late Saturday night or Sunday. We are not expecting any severe weather today, so our classes are still meeting. If there is any danger involved in having classes on Monday, we will cancel classes. This decision will be made no later than 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Our next update will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.

Hurricane Irma – Update
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, 6 p.m.

There has been little change in the forecast model for Hurricane Irma since this morning’s update. For the next 2-3 days, the hurricane is expected to continue moving toward the west-northwest before turning in a more northward direction sometime around Saturday. Although the latest track by the National Hurricane Center was shifted slightly toward the west, it is still too early to know where this storm will go. As noted previously, it is not expected to begin having a direct impact on our weather until later this weekend or early next week.

We have taken advantage of the advanced warning that was given for this hurricane, and all of our pre-storm preparations are in place. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and will be providing our students with detailed instructions as the storm nears Florida.

Temple Terrace is expected to have normal weather again tomorrow, and our classes will be meeting.

The next update will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.

Hurricane Irma – Update
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, 11 a.m.

The situation involving Hurricane Irma has not changed substantially since last night. It is still far too early to make accurate predictions involving the strength or path of the storm, and it is not expected to begin having a direct impact on the weather in Florida until this weekend or early next week.

We are encouraged by the fact that the majority of tracking models are continuing to predict that the storm will pass to the east of us and that it may weaken before reaching our area. However, we are not planning for that scenario. Instead, while we are praying that the storm stays offshore and does not impact any populated areas, we have prepared ourselves for any situation.

Based on all the information we have available from local, national and government sources, including the National Hurricane Center, the safest place for our students to be is on our campus. Our campus is not in an evacuation or flood zone, and we have provisions to sustain our students throughout the storm.

Currently, we have sunny skies and beautiful weather. As a result, we have not cancelled any classes. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will notify you of any changes.

The next update will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Hurricane Irma – Update
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

We are continuing to closely monitor the situation involving Hurricane Irma and the potential impact it may have on Florida College. Even though a number of tracking models indicate the storm will shift to the east side of Florida, which would be very good news for our campus, it is still too early to forecast the exact route Irma will travel. Therefore, we are continuing to make whatever preparations are necessary to handle this situation.

Because Florida College has residence halls that are strongly constructed and situated on high ground that is not part of any designated evacuation zone, we are not planning to evacuate our campus. Instead, it is safer for our students to remain on campus throughout the storm. Therefore, we have made arrangements to ensure that we have adequate food and water, along with other emergency supplies, and our facilities personnel are securing our campus while they also put in place emergency provisions so that our students are kept safe and have proper services throughout the event.

We have not cancelled any classes at this time, but we will continue to evaluate this situation and will notify you of any changes. Our next update is scheduled for Thursday morning at 11 a.m.