Hurricane Michael forces FSU to close for rest of week

FSU announced Monday it will close nearly all operations starting next Tuesday due to Hurricane Michael. It plans to re-open starting next Monday.
FSU will close starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday due to Hurricane Michael. [File photo]
FSU will close starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday due to Hurricane Michael. [File photo]
Published October 8 2018

Florida State will be closing down from Tuesday until next Monday due to Hurricane Michael, which is projected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.

In a release, the university announced Monday that all classes and school functions will be suspended, with the exception of on-campus resident halls and dining facilities, which will still be in operation under a "shelter in place" protocol.

The protocol will call on students to stay inside, away from doors and windows, with FSU hand-delivering meals to residence halls during the storm.

"FSU is prepared to support students throughout the storm," the release said. "All university departments are engaged and prepared to respond to student needs."

The release states students and faculty can receive updates about FSU's operations during the storm here.

FSU's home football game Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Wake Forest is still on, school officials said. The school did not immediately indicate if that will change.

No other public universities in the state have announced closures besides FSU.

The University of West Florida, South Florida and Florida all announced in releases that they are closely monitoring the storm and currently remain fully operational.

UWF said in its release it will make a decision to close or not at 6 p.m. tonight, with the announcement being posted here. Updates about Florida and USF can be found here and here.

Michael could be "a dangerous, major hurricane" along the northeastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Students are encouraged to discuss possible travel plans with family and friends," FSU's release said. "DO NOT travel into the path of the storm. Please continue to monitor the latest weather information from the National Weather Service or other official weather sources."

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