Tropical Storm Michael strengthened to a hurricane on the morning of Monday, Oct. 8 which has led Florida Governor Rick Scott to declare an emergency for 26 counties in the state. Gov. Scott also activated 500 members of the National Guard as Florida anticipates the storm.
The National Hurricane Center warned that there could be life-threatening continues along the Gulf Coast after the storm changed its trajectory. Michael was initially posing a threat to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, according to NBC News.
“Michael could produce three life-threatening hazards along portions of the northeastern Gulf Coast: storm surge, heavy rainfall, and hurricane-force winds, with storm surge and hurricane watches in effect,” the National Hurricane Center warned on social media.
#Michael could produce three life-threatening hazards along portions of the northeastern Gulf Coast: storm surge, heavy rainfall, and hurricane-force winds, with storm surge and hurricane watches in effect. Residents in these areas should follow advice given by local officials. pic.twitter.com/JZENNHSQTK
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 8, 2018
In anticipation of Hurricane Michael’s landfall — which could come on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning — colleges and universities in the storm’s path have taken some early precaution and announced that classes will be canceled.
A list of colleges and universities that have canceled class ahead of Hurricane Michael can be seen below.
List Of College, School & University Closings For Hurricane Matthew
Latest NOAA Tracker: Hurricane Michael predicted to hit Florida panhandle, track up East Coast as tropical storm https://t.co/3vl6HIHZFo
— Robert L Burtis (@pilotjo03) October 8, 2018
Florida State University
Florida State announced that it will be closing its Tallahassee and Panama City campuses for the week. At midnight on Tuesday, the campuses will be closed through Friday. For students that remain on campus, on-campus housing and dining will resume as normal but classes will be canceled until the following Monday, Oct. 15, according to an official release.
If students do remain on campus, they are advised to follow a “shelter in place” policy which is to stay indoors, away from doors and windows.
Any updates for Florida State students will be available on alerts.fsu.edu and the SeminoleSAFE mobile app.
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY TO CLOSE TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.
FSU Tallahassee and Panama City, FL campuses to close tonight (Monday) at 12:01 a.m. Visit: https://t.co/LxTBNwNzSa for official updates. pic.twitter.com/j5Gq54uhBD
— Florida State University (@floridastate) October 8, 2018
This is a developing story. We will continue to add to the list of colleges, schools, and universities that will be impacted by Hurricane Michael.