Hurricane Dorian

Published August 27, 2019

9/2/19 – 9 a.m. update

The National Hurricane Center and the local National Weather Service office expect Hurricane Dorian to have minimal effects on Pinellas County. Eckerd College may experience wind and rain typical of a summer storm. College operations are normal.

Staff and faculty impacted by the closure of Pinellas County Schools should communicate with their supervisors about any changes to their work schedules.

No further updates are expected, however, the Eckerd College Emergency Management Executive Team continues to monitor the storm. Stay informed by checking eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and following the @eckerdcs account on Twitter.

9/1/19 – 9 a.m. update

The National Hurricane Center forecasts currently keep Hurricane Dorian off the east coast of Florida. The local National Weather Service office has significantly decreased its forecasts for wind and rain related to Hurricane Dorian for Pinellas County. 

The Eckerd College Emergency Management Executive Team continues to monitor the storm and will send updates as needed. Stay informed by checking eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and following the @eckerdcs account on Twitter.

8/31/19 – 6:00 p.m. update

The National Hurricane Center reports little change in Hurricane Dorian’s expected westward path and eventual turn toward the north along the east coast of Florida. Our local National Weather Service office has decreased the chance of impacts from the storm on Pinellas County.

The Eckerd College Emergency Management Executive Team remains vigilant and in close contact with Pinellas County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service. We will reduce our communications to only a mid-morning report. Stay informed by checking eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and following the @eckerdcs account on Twitter.

 

8/31/19 – 10 a.m. update

The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Dorian continues a westward path and is expected to take a turn toward the north along the east coast of Florida. Our local National Weather Service office indicates that Pinellas County may expect heavy rains and wind gusts mid-week.

We expect operations at Eckerd College to remain normal. As we continue to welcome students back to campus this weekend, returners are encouraged to make contact with their professors about any changes to their travel plans that may prevent them from attending classes, which are scheduled to begin Monday.

The Emergency Management Executive Team is in close contact with Pinellas County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service and will continue to communicate with the Eckerd community as more information is available. We will continue to plan our updates for mid-morning and early evening throughout the weekend. Stay informed by checking eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and following the @eckerdcs account on Twitter.

8/30/19 – 4:30 p.m. update

Forecasts for Hurricane Dorian’s possible impact on Pinellas County remain unclear. The National Weather Service is predicting our area may experience strong winds and heavy rains beginning Monday night and persisting through Wednesday. Local governments and public schools are making preparations for the storm, but no evacuation orders have been announced. College operations are normal.

Even as we welcome returning students throughout the weekend, we know the storm can impact travel plans. Students are encouraged to make contact with their professors about any changes to their travel plans that may prevent them from attending classes, which are scheduled to begin Monday.

The Emergency Management Executive Team is in close contact with Pinellas County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service and will continue to communicate with the Eckerd community as more information is available. Starting Saturday we will plan our updates for mid-morning and early evening. Stay informed by checking eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and following the @eckerdcs account on Twitter.

8/30/19 – 9 a.m. update

The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Dorian continues to creep toward the East Coast of Florida, with possible impacts on the Tampa Bay area now predicted for late Monday through Wednesday. The College intends to begin the Fall Semester with classes on Monday. The Emergency Management Executive Team will send another update before 8 p.m. Stay informed by checking eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and following the @eckerdcs account on Twitter.

8/29/19 – 6:45 p.m. update

The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Dorian has slowed significantly, delaying potential impacts on the state. In addition, the projected path and location of landfall along the East Coast of Florida remain uncertain.

The National Weather Service is unable to predict the extent of the effects in the Tampa Bay area. Pinellas County is not under a hurricane watch or warning, and no evacuation orders have been announced. The safety of Eckerd students, faculty and staff is our top priority, and we will continue to monitor the storm.

We understand that Hurricane Dorian’s path could impact your travel plans for the start of the Fall Semester. Eckerd College will open residence halls at 9 a.m., Friday, for returning students, and classes are expected to begin on Monday. Families should continue to monitor the weather in their areas and make travel plans accordingly. Students are encouraged to make contact with their professors about any changes to their travel plans that may prevent them from attending class on Monday.

The Emergency Management Executive Team will continue to communicate with the Eckerd community as more information is available. Stay informed by checking eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and following the @eckerdcs account on Twitter.

 

8/28/19 – 4:30 p.m. update

Though there have been changes in the predictions for Tropical Storm Dorian, our plans for the start of Fall Semester currently remain the same. Residence halls open for returning students at 9 a.m., Friday, and will remain open throughout the weekend. As students and families plan their travel to campus, they should check the forecast in their areas and consider the best timing for safe travel to the College.

The latest reports from the National Hurricane Center and other forecasters do not agree on the precise track of the storm, its intensity, where it will make landfall on the East Coast of Florida, and its potential impacts in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area. Forecasters say that some of these variables may be clearer after the storm passes Puerto Rico later tonight. Travelers should monitor the National Weather Center forecast for the Tampa/St. Petersburg region.

The Emergency Management Executive Team continues to monitor the storm closely and will issue an update Thursday. Stay informed by checking eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and following the @eckerdcs account on Twitter.

8/27/19 – 8 p.m. update

The National Hurricane Center has placed portions of the East Coast of Florida and all of Pinellas County in the five-day cone of uncertainty for Tropical Storm Dorian, a compact system making its way through the Caribbean. Eckerd College’s Emergency Management Team is keeping a close watch on these developments. At this time, we do not expect an impact on College operations.

Residence halls open for returning students at 9 a.m., Friday, and will remain open throughout the weekend. As students and families plan their travel to campus, they should check the forecast in their areas and consider the best timing for safe travel to the College.

The Emergency Management Executive Team continues to monitor the storm closely and will issue an update Thursday after more information is released by the National Hurricane Center. Stay informed by checking eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and following the @eckerdcs account on Twitter.