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Hurricane Maria Update
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

As of 11 a.m. today, Maria is a category 3 hurricane, and is passing northeast coast of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It has maximum sustained winds of 125 mph, and is moving northwest at 8 mph.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a turn toward the north-northwest is expected later today, followed by a turn toward the north by late Saturday.

Life-threatening surf and rip currents are expected expected along the U.S. east coast.

At this time there are no operational changes at UT.

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Hurricane Maria Update
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

As of 8 a.m. today, Maria is a category 3 hurricane, and is passing offshore of the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. It has maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, and is moving northwest at 9 mph.

Currently, long-range models predict Maria to turn north-northwest on Friday, missing the Florida peninsula. But, heavy surf, surges and dangerous rip tides are expected along the U.S. east coast.

At this time there are no operational changes at UT.

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Hurricane Maria Update
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 9 a.m.

As of 8 a.m. today, Maria is a category 4 hurricane, and the eye is located over eastern Puerto Rico. It has maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, and is moving northwest at 10 mph.

Impacts to Florida are not known at this time. Currently, long-range models predict Maria to turn northward, missing the Florida peninsula. But, heavy surf, surges and dangerous rip tides are expected along the U.S. east coast.

At this time there are no operational changes at UT.

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Hurricane Maria Update
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 9 a.m.

UT's Emergency Operations Team (EOT) continues to monitor tropical weather, including Hurricane Maria. As of 8 a.m. today, Maria is a category 4 hurricane and is approaching Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It has maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, and is moving west-northwest at 9 mph.

Impacts to Florida are not known at this time. Currently, long-range models predict Maria to turn northward on Thursday, missing the Florida peninsula.

At this time there are no operational changes at UT.

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Hurricane Maria Update
Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, 9:45 a.m.


UT’s Emergency Operations Team (EOT) is monitoring tropical weather in the Atlantic Ocean, with special focus on the progress of Hurricane Maria. As of 8 a.m. today, Maria is a category 2 hurricane located 85 miles east of Martinique with maximum sustained winds 110 mph, moving west-northwest at 12 mph.

Predictions call for it to pass straight over Puerto Rico on Wednesday. Impacts to Florida are not known at this time.

The EOT is also monitoring Hurricane José and Tropical Depression Lee, neither of which are expected to threaten Florida.

At this time there are no plans for operational changes at UT.


When tropical storms develop, the University community is advised to stay informed by following weather reports and projections. The Emergency Operations Team will closely monitor National Hurricane Center projections and news media reports.

Follow these websites for timely information about storms and their projected paths (cone of uncertainty/probability):

Live Campus Weather

A real-time weather station is installed atop the Frank and Carol Morsani...

A real-time weather station is installed atop the Frank and Carol Morsani Hall located on the UT campus. The station provides live campus weather updates and data. Check campus weather conditions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with this website feature.

Communications

The Emergency Operations Team will announce closings and other weather...
The Emergency Operations Team will announce closings and other weather-related communications via global emails, www.ut.edu, text messaging and voicemail messages.

The University offers a free emergency text messaging service to students, faculty and staff. This service will only be used in campus emergency situations. Students, faculty and staff must enter their cell phone number in SpartanWeb, Personal Info link, Biographical Info tab for automatic enrollment in the SMART-Spartan Mobile AleRT system. Details and frequently asked questions can be found at www.ut.edu/safety.

The UT Web site (www.ut.edu) is hosted at a remote location and will remain available in the event of a UT Campus emergency. Information can be obtained by visiting www.ut.edu or by calling UT’s toll-free number 1-888-646-2738. Please remember to use these important resources for updated information.

Emergency Operations Plan

The University’s Emergency Operations Team has developed an Emergency...
The University’s Emergency Operations Team has developed an Emergency Operations Plan that includes contingency planning for weather-related emergencies. View a summary of the Emergency Operations Plan.

Emergency Shelter Site

For those students unable to find shelter with friends/relatives or at other safe...
For those students unable to find shelter with friends/relatives or at other safe locations, the University has a designated American Red Cross approved evacuation site in the northeast section of Tampa – the Lawton Chiles Elementary School building.

Should the UT campus require evacuation, students will be provided with maps illustrating driving routes from campus to Lawton Chiles Elementary School. Additionally, students will receive comprehensive instructions, checklists and other evacuation information. UT’s Residence Life staff members, trained by the American Red Cross, will assist with shelter operations/management and remain with students.

Hurricane 101

Whether you're a native Floridian or new to town, being informed about Tampa's...

Whether you're a native Floridian or new to town, being informed about Tampa's storm activity is always a good idea.