Some Florida universities will be closed through at least Wednesday to give faculty, staff and students time to prepare ahead of strengthening Idalia’s expected landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Idalia is forecast to strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane before making landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf coast, likely in the Big Bend region, sparking school closures across the state.
Here’s a list:
▪ Florida State University (FSU) said its Tallahassee campuses will close and classes will be canceled starting at noon Tuesday and all day Wednesday.
“Main campus housing and dining operations will continue,” FSU said. Classes are expected to resume Thursday.
Due to Tropical Storm Idalia and its possible impact on the region, FSU's Tallahassee campuses will close and cancel classes on Wed., Aug. 30. Main campus housing and dining operations will continue, and FSU expects to resume classes on Thur., Aug. 31. https://t.co/LxTBNwO7HI
— Florida State University (@FloridaState) August 28, 2023
▪ Florida A&M University (FAMU) said it’s suspending classes and closing its Tallahassee main campus, Quincy and the Viticulture Center starting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The university said it will reopen on Tuesday, Sept 5.
“Meal accommodations will be made for students daily. Residence halls will be open, and students are urged to shelter in place,” FAMU said.
Other locations, such as its pharmacy practice sites in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville are closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Its South Florida Pharmacy Practice Center in Davie will stay open. For a full list of closings, visit famu.edu/alerts/.
▪ The University of Florida in Gainesville said its campus will close and classes will be canceled beginning at noon Tuesday and through Wednesday. The university expects to make a decision Wednesday on whether to reopen campus and resume classes later this week.
“All academic and student-related activities, including online classes and exams, will also be canceled during that time,” UF announced Monday afternoon. Students who live in residence halls on campus should plan to stay in them, the university said.
Due to Tropical Storm #Idalia, the UF campus will close and classes will be canceled beginning at noon tomorrow through Wednesday (8/30). All academic and student-related activities, including @UFonline classes and exams, will also be canceled during that time. pic.twitter.com/mp21wqWS0x
— FLORIDA (@UF) August 28, 2023
▪ The University of Tampa is closed and classes are canceled. It’s in an evacuation zone and is in the process of evacuating all of its residential students by noon Tuesday, according to an online post. UT expects to resume full campus operations on Thursday.
▪ The University of South Florida in the Tampa area also announced Monday that classes would be canceled and its campuses will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The university expects to make a decision Wednesday on whether to reopen campus and resume classes later this week.
USF said its campuses in Temple Terrace near Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee will be closed Tuesday through Wednesday. The university said its residence halls on the Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses will remain open for now, though school leaders are monitoring evacuation orders to see if students living on its St. Petersburg campus will have to evacuate.
“If residence halls in St. Petersburg close, residential students from St. Petersburg who do not have alternative housing options will be relocated to the Tampa campus by the university,” USF said. “If the Tampa campus is required to evacuate, students remaining on campus would be transported to approved county shelters until it is safe to return.”
This article will be updated.