Classes canceled for Friday, late Thursday; Storm now hurricane

Cassidy Alexander

Graphic courtesy National Hurricane Center

UPDATE — 9/1/16 @ 4:00 p.m.

Hermine has strengthened to a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to make landfall around midnight in the Florida panhandle.

Florida Governor Rick Scott called this “a life-threatening situation” and urged residents to be safe.
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UPDATE — 9/1/16 @ 2:31 p.m.

All classes and activities are canceled for Friday, Sept. 2. They are expected to return to normal on Saturday, Sept. 3.


UNF canceled all classes that begin after 3 p.m. today because of Tropical Storm Hermine. According to the Osprey Update, employees are also allowed to leave at 3 p.m. with supervisor approval.

The storm is expected to be a hurricane by the time landfall occurs, according to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is expected to make landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning, according to the NHC.

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for Jacksonville, with a flood watch in effect. The warning predicts peak winds of 20-30 MPH, with gusts to 45 MPH; it also predicts peak rainfall amounts to be an additional 2-4 inches, with higher amounts locally.

Shuttles will run as usual until 9 p.m. tonight, and food service will continue as usual at the Osprey Cafe.

For information on storm safety, students can visit UNF’s webpage here.

An announcement as to whether class and business operations on Friday, Sept. 2 continue as normal is expected to be made by 3 p.m. today and released via Osprey Update and social media.

Spinnaker will continue to track and update this story as more information becomes available.

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