Severe weather in area. Tornado warnings issued for other parts of Pinellas County. Check emails
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Eckerd College Office of Campus Safety and Security is located at 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, 33711 FL. The Eckerd College Office of Campus Safety and Security phone number is 727-864-8260.
Severe weather in area. Tornado warnings issued for other parts of Pinellas County. Check emails
College operations will remain normal. Hurricane Michael continues to move north through the Gulf but is expected to maintain its current track making landfall in the Panhandle. Pinellas County remains under a Tropical Storm Watch and a Storm Surge Watch. The major impacts are expected to start late tonight and end tomorrow during the day. The expected impacts are 2- to 4-foot abnormal tides and 1- to 2-inches of rain with more in localized areas. Due to its position relative to the storm Pinellas County also may have an increased, but still minimal, risk for tornadoes. Be sure to have cell phones or weather radios nearby throughout the night to receive alerts. If a tornado warning is issued for our area, seek shelter away from windows. The Emergency Management Executive Team continues to monitor the storm but expects no significant changes to the track or the impacts to our area. If weather conditions make it hazardous for faculty or staff to commute to Eckerd, they should check with their supervisors to make alternate arrangements. Stay informed by checking eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and following the @eckerdcs account on Twitter.
Dear Eckerd Community, College operations will remain normal. Today the storm in the Gulf intensified into a hurricane. Hurricane Michael is expected to become a category 3 storm. The track, however, has shifted to the west reducing the potential impacts on the College. Pinellas County remains under a Tropical Storm Watch and a Storm Surge Watch, but experts predict 2- to 4-foot abnormal tides and 2- to 4-inches of rain with more in localized areas. The Emergency Management Executive Team continues to monitor the storm closely and will send any updates on Tuesday after more information is released by the National Hurricane Center. Stay informed by checking eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and following the @eckerdcs account on Twitter.
College operations are normal. The Emergency Management Executive Team (EMET) is closely following Tropical Storm Michael, which is over the northwest Caribbean Sea and moving into the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is predicted to strengthen in the Gulf and make landfall in the Florida Panhandle. The National Weather Service, however, has issued a Tropical Storm Watch and a Storm Surge Watch for Pinellas County because the storm’s outer bands will affect our area. This means there is a chance that we will experience tropical storm conditions (sustained winds higher than 45 mph), rain totals from 2 to 3 inches with higher localized totals, possible tornadoes and storm surge of 2 to 3 feet. The impacts of the storm will likely occur Tuesday and Wednesday. EMET and the Emergency Management Group will meet today, and although not anticipated, any updates to the College’s plans or recommendations for your personal planning and safety will be communicated later today. Any changes will be communicated via email, posted on eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and tweeted from the @eckerdcs account on Twitter.
Thank you Joe Borries from Pinellas County Emergency Management EOC Weatherstem and Tyler Fleming from US National Weather Service Tampa Bay Florida for the Hurricane Preparedness talk to our staff and faculty today.
The National Hurricane Center is predicting Subtropical Storm Alberto to form into a tropical storm and make landfall in the Florida Panhandle Monday night or Tuesday morning. The system is poorly organized with most of the wind and thunderstorm activity occurring to its east. The impacts to Pinellas County will depend on its track. College operations are normal. The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Pinellas County. This means there is a chance that we will experience tropical storm conditions (sustained winds higher than 45 mph), rain totals from 4 to 6 inches with higher localized totals, possible tornadoes and increased tides (no storm surge predicted at this time). If tropical storm conditions develop in our area, they would likely begin Sunday night and continue into Monday. The Eckerd College Emergency Management Executive Team will continue to monitor the system. We will not be issuing another message unless conditions change dramatically. Please monitor local weather for more information.
National Weather Service has cancelled the tornado watch for Pinellas County.
Tornado warning over Eckerd has been cancelled. Continue to monitor the weather.
Tornado Warning over Eckerd College area. Take cover. Monitor NOAA radio or radio.
At approximately 12:32 p.m. today, The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the immediate area surrounding Eckerd College. Please monitor NOAA weather radio, local radio stations, and local TV stations for more information. Please make plans to take shelter if a tornado warning is issued for this immediate area.
Duke energy has restored power to campus. Facilities restoring building controls and systems.
A power outage is still affecting most of campus. Updated information: Roberts, Center for Visual Arts (CVA) and Zeta do not have power. The Zeta generator has had a malfunction and facilities is attempting repairs now. GMSL generator is not running classrooms but only limited building systems. The gas to almost all buildings on the west side of campus have been turned off, so hot water systems in the dorms and labs will be affected until facilities can restore gas after the power has been restored. Previous information: Sheens (MPC, ES, and BES), CMLS (running on generator), GMSL, McArthur Gym and Lewis House. The registrar is attempting to move some of the morning classes in those buildings. Check your email for classroom changes. Duke Energy is on campus and is expecting the repair to be completed by 10:00 am.
affecting portion of campus. Check email for potential class change. Repair expected at 10:00 am.
Duke has restored power to campus. Facilities employees are going around to each building restoring building systems.
There is no power on campus. Facilities has contacted Duke Energy and is working to resolve the issue. Please avoid standing water.
At approximately 10:27 am today, March 20, until 7:00 pm tonight, The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the immediate area surrounding Eckerd College. Please monitor NOAA weather radio, local radio stations, and local TV stations for more information. Please make plans to take shelter if a tornado warning is issued for this immediate area. If a tornado warning is issued, seek immediate shelter in the central core of buildings on the lowest floor away from windows until further notice. Do not leave your location, continue sheltering until you have been directed to by College Officials that it is safe
The error preventing external calls from reaching the College has been corrected. Campus Safety can be reached at the normal number 727-864-8260. Pinellas County 911 system has also been restored.
Phone calls from external campus phone numbers are not working. If you are trying to reach Campus Safety, please call 727-288-6790. ITS is working with Frontier to fix the phone outage.
The Emergency Management Executive Team continues to follow the tropical weather system in the Caribbean, which has now been named Tropical Storm Nate. Overnight and throughout today, areas of high pressure have altered meteorologists’ predictions of the storm’s path, moving it more westward; this takes the Tampa Bay area well out of the five-day cone of uncertainty. We will continue to watch the storm as it develops, but at this time we do not consider this storm a threat to Eckerd College. Depending on the size and intensity of the storm, we are preparing for strong winds and heavy rains. College operations remain normal. This will be our last communication on Tropical Storm Nate unless there are significant changes. Any such messages will be distributed via email, posted on eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and tweeted from the @eckerdcs account on Twitter. Please bookmark these sites in your browsers.
The Emergency Management Executive Team is closely following the tropical weather system, Tropical Depression 16, developing in the southwest Caribbean. Areas of high pressure and uncertainty about the formation of the eye of the storm make it difficult for meteorologists to predict the storm’s path or intensity. Models show the storm moving across the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. At this time, Eckerd College is not within the five-day cone of uncertainty. Currently, direct impacts are not predicted for west central or southwest Florida. We are preparing for strong winds, heavy rains and minor storm surge. We will continue to send daily updates as appropriate and will communicate more frequently if needed. For now, college operations remain normal. For more information go to eckerd.edu/tropical
The Emergency Management Team is monitoring Invest 90L which is located in the southwest Caribbean. College operations are normal.
We are monitoring Hurricane Maria. We are not in the five-day cone of uncertainty and we are not expecting impacts at this time.
Update 9-15-17 1315 Campus Re-Opens Today Eckerd Community: We will begin to welcome students back to campus today, and classes will resume Monday. Please be careful as you move around as debris removal on walkways and roads is ongoing; avoid areas with caution tape or otherwise marked as hazards. Those students and faculty who are having difficulty returning before classes resume should email email@example.com. Damage Reports If faculty and staff have additional reports of damage in their workspaces, they should take photos, and report any damages to firstname.lastname@example.org. If students find any damages in rooms, please report the issue to your Resident Advisor, where available, or email email@example.com. Mail Services Mail Services re-opens today. Staff is expecting extreme volumes of mail and packages to be delivered into early next week. Students, faculty and staff are asked not to contact Mail Services to verify if a package has been received. People with processed deliveries will receive an email confirming the package is ready for pickup. The service window hours will be extended to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. Bookstore The Bookstore will be open today until 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Service Opportunities For those interested in service opportunities to help those affected by Hurricane Irma, ECOS has provided a list of suggestions. Support Services Those who would like support from the Eckerd College Counseling Center, Outreach Services and the Center for Spiritual Life can learn more about accessing services. Add/Drop Students will have until 5 p.m. Monday to add/drop courses. Courses can only be added with permission from the professors. Any changes will be communicated via email, posted on eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and tweeted from the @eckerdcs account on Twitter. Please bookmark these sites in your browsers. The College’s Emergency Management Executive Team continues to meet regularly. Our next storm update is planned for noon Sunday.
Update 9-14-17 1240 Return to Normal Operations Post-Irma Eckerd Community: Crews have accomplished a lot in the days since the storm, however, we expect the work to continue throughout the semester. President Eastman, who has been in constant communication with his Emergency Management Team and the campus community, toured campus yesterday to survey the debris and damage and thank work crews for their continued efforts. See photos from the tour. Faculty and staff who have returned to work today are asked to inspect their areas, take photos, and report any damages to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be careful as you move around as debris removal on walkways and roads is ongoing; avoid areas with caution tape or otherwise marked as hazards. Mail Services re-opens today. Staff is expecting extreme volumes of mail and packages to be delivered during the rest of the week. Students, faculty and staff are asked not to contact Mail Services to verify if a package has been received. People with processed deliveries will receive an email confirming the package is ready for pickup. The service window hours will be extended to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. As students, faculty and staff continue to travel back to campus, they should check fl511.com for updates on road closures. Some rivers and tributaries in north Florida, including the Santa Fe River along I-75, are rising and threatening roadways. Please email email@example.com if you are having trouble returning before classes resume on Monday. Our phased re-opening continues as follows: Friday, Sept. 15: Campus opens for students at noon. Residence halls open at noon. Monday, Sept. 18: Residential and PEL classes will resume. Any changes will be communicated via email, posted on eckerd.edu/tropical and facebook.com/eckerdcs and tweeted from the @eckerdcs account on Twitter. Please bookmark these sites in your browsers.
Thank you President Eastman for all your support.