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UNF classes, activities to resume Thursday, university says

After closing for two days in preparation for Hurricane Idalia, the University of North Florida announced Wednesday evening that its campus will resume normal operations on Thursday.

Shuttle and on-campus dining services for students living on campus are opening back up tonight with modified schedules and further information will be communicated directly to students by email. The Osprey Cafe will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight with a limited menu, and Ozzie’s in Osprey Fountains will be open from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Thursday. Normal hours will resume tomorrow, according to UNF Dining’s Instagram.

Idalia has moved further up the East Coast and is currently located in northern Georgia, near South Carolina, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. The storm made landfall early this morning as a Category 4 hurricane but has since weakened to a tropical storm. Idalia is now expected to remain a tropical storm as it travels up and out from the U.S. East Coast but will continue to weaken, according to the NWS 5 p.m. alert discussion.

The University of North Florida announced Monday that its campus would be shut down on Tuesday and Wednesday, aside from food and shelter for students living on campus. Construction materials were secured and campus was largely devoid of students before Idalia made landfall. (Jeanne )

Tropical-storm-force winds will continue to impact parts of the southeastern U.S. through tomorrow, the NHS said, but the danger is largely past.

Even though the university announced that campus operations would resume as normal on Thursday, UNF Athletics canceled Thursday night’s women’s soccer game, citing potential weather increments and travel delays caused by Idalia.

“[The game] will not be rescheduled,” UNF Athletics wrote in a statement.

“Our thoughts remain with those affected by the storm,” UNF wrote in their final alert about now-Tropical Storm Idalia. “Individuals impacted by the storm who may have challenges returning tomorrow should contact their supervisor or instructors as soon as possible.”


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Carter Mudgett is a University of North Florida student majoring in multimedia journalism. He was Spinnaker's editor-in-chief from August 2021 to December 2023. Carter led Spinnaker to be awarded a 2023 Online Pacemaker Award, and most recently placed second in the Society of Professional Journalists's Sunshine State Awards for "Best Coverage of LGBT Issues" in the college category. Backed by a passion for creative storytelling and accurate reporting, Carter typically covers education, gender and race issues.
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Jeanne Gilbert is Spinnaker's current editor-in-chief and a sophomore majoring in public relations at the University of North Florida. She joined Spinnaker in the summer of 2023 as a volunteer. After graduating, Jeanne plans to continue in the newsroom or work in public relations.

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