Tropical Storm Nicole Updates

For UF official updates, please visit: UF Weather Alerts

UPDATE | Nov. 9

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Out of an abundance of caution, all classes at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville will be canceled and offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 10, because of Tropical Storm Nicole. Only essential university personnel should report for work during that time.

Additionally, all special events, and academic and student-related activities, including online classes, are canceled Thursday. Questions regarding academic-related activities should be directed to the course instructor.

The university expects to resume holiday campus operations on Friday, Nov. 11. However, the university will remain closed for business and classes on Friday in honor of Veterans Day.

Essential employees should check with their supervisors regarding scheduling. UF Health and UF/IFAS personnel and others at locations throughout the state should follow their local government’s guidance and check with their supervisors for information regarding the operations plan of their work locations.

Students, faculty and staff should not park their personal vehicles in campus parking garages, including UF Health garages, as those will be needed for UF Health employees.

Residence halls will remain open during the storm, and students who live in residence halls are able to shelter in place. Florida Fresh Dining will continue to serve the campus community during the storm. Given the storm’s projected impact, the university does not expect to open a shelter on campus as of this message.

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School is also closed on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Any additional notices regarding scheduling changes will be made through official UF channels and can be found on the UF homepage. Additional information can also be found on the University FAQ page.

As always, students and employees in need of immediate help should dial 911. Students experiencing distress may also contact U Matter We Care at umatter@ufl.edu or (352) 294-CARE (2273) for non-emergency issues. Employees may call the Employee Assistance Program at (833) 306-0103 for support with non-emergency issues.

Dr. Charles E. Lane, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Joseph Glover, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


UPDATE | Nov. 8

University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Subtropical Storm Nicole. While much remains unknown about the storm’s path, here is what we know today:  

On Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center issued a Hurricane Warning for the east coast of Florida, from Boca Raton to the Flagler-Volusia county line. Additionally, a Hurricane Watch has been issued from the Flagler-Volusia county line to Ponte Vedra Beach. 

Meanwhile, much of the Florida peninsula is either under a Tropical Storm Watch or a Tropical Storm Warning, as details regarding Nicole’s exact path and intensity could fluctuate between now and landfall. Alachua County, which includes the UF Gainesville campus, was placed under a Tropical Storm Watch on Tuesday.   

Forecasters have made note of the storm’s size; tropical storm-force winds extend from the storm’s center outward up to 380 miles. As a result, UF units should continue to monitor forecasts and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials.  

When a Hurricane Warning is issued, it means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area typically within 36 hours of the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, according to the National Hurricane Center. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. 

Subtropical Storm Nicole is expected to strengthen during the next 36 to 48 and reach hurricane intensity sometime Wednesday or Wednesday night as it crosses through the Bahamas and on toward the southern Florida peninsula. 

During the 10 a.m. discussion, forecasters from the National Weather Service in Jacksonville said tropical storm-force winds of 45 to 55 mph with gusts of to 70 mph could begin early Thursday in Alachua County and last until Thursday evening. Average rainfall could range between 2 and 4 inches but could be higher in some areas.  

No operational changes have been announced for the UF campus in Gainesville as of this message. We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available. Regularly check https://updates.emergency.ufl.edu/ and https://www.ufl.edu/ for updates. 

For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center.  

Additional information:  

Here’s how to prepare for hurricane season  

Pre-storm preparation for students in UF housing  

UF/IFAS Disaster Preparation & Recovery