KISSIMMEE—Students, faculty and staff at Johnson University Florida are preparing for Hurricane Irma.Classes and activities on the JUFL campus are suspended for Friday and Monday.
“According to the National Weather Service, tropical storm conditions are likely for our area starting Saturday night,” JU Chancellor Michael Chambers wrote in a statement to administrators, faculty and staff. “We expect campus operations to be significantly impacted by heavy winds and substantial rain.”
Many universities and government agencies are closing in Florida, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott is urging preparedness.
“As Hurricane Irma approaches, I am urging every Floridian to get a plan and be prepared for potential life threatening impacts from the storm,” Scott said in a statement.
Scott told reporters that Hurricane Irma might be the biggest hurricane to hit the state in 25 years.
The National Weather Service is projecting the cone of the storm to glance the eastern coast of Florida, but the Kissimmee area will likely be impacted by high winds and rain.
Chambers wrote that “Student Life and Physical Plant personnel have begun emergency preparations — developing communications, staging supplies and securing buildings and equipment.”
Following an update Wednesday, Scott directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend tolls across the entire State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma and directed the closure of all state offices Friday.
Scott also requested, and President Donald Trump approved, a pre-landfall emergency declaration for the State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma which will provide important preparation resources and assistance from the federal government.
Monday, Governor Scott issued Executive Order 17-235 declaring a state of emergency in all 67 counties within the State of Florida. The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated to level one, which is a full-scale, 24-hours-a-day activation.