Torrential rains and tropical storm force winds associated with the outer bands of a hurricane frequently cause dangerous situations, damage, and render evacuation routes impassable long before the predicted landfall of the storm. In accordance with a wind effects report distributed by the Florida Institute of Technology, Tropical Storm Force Winds (TSFW) can down trees and power lines, blow out windows, blow down signs, cause flying debris, structural collapse and cause vehicles to overturn and deviate from their course.
Closures could occur earlier if deemed necessary due to the intensity and/or proximity of a storm.
The University will begin “lock down procedures” 8 hours prior to arrival of 39 mph winds.
“Lock Down” Procedures
- All faculty, staff and non-resident students released
- Resident students advised to stay within their residence halls
- All University entrances closed
- All visitors and vehicular traffic flow prevented from entering the University.