Tropical Weather – Sandy
Update: October 27 – 10:00am
As of the 8am advisory, Sandy remains a hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 75mph, a weak category 1. The storm is located approximately 300 miles east-southeast of Jacksonville. Sandy is now moving north-northeast at 10mph away from Florida so conditions will be improving along the coast this afternoon into Sunday. The only noticeable impact for the UF campus will be breezy conditions. Along the immediate coast, gusts to tropical storm strength are still possible today.
- For the UF campus and surrounding areas, no significant impacts are forecast. Breezy conditions will remain today with maximum winds near 20mph.
- Along the NE Florida coast, sustained winds will be near 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph possible along the immediate coast and over the coastal waters through midday.
- Winds will decrease farther inland to sustained around 20 mph over northeast Florida, including Jacksonville, with gusts to 30 mph possible.
- A Tropical Storm Warning continues for all coastal waters in NE Florida and Tropical Storm Watches for the immediate coast of Nassau and Duval Counties.
- Overall, Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings are in place for coastal waters of Florida from Sebastian Inlet (Brevard County) to Fernandina Beach (Nassau County).
- Rains associated with Sandy have moved offshore so NE Florida will remain dry today with only a chance of isolated showers before this afternoon.
Update: October 26 – 9:00am
University of Florida officials continue to monitor weather conditions associated with Hurricane Sandy, which continues to track in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. All of Florida’s East Coast is under a Tropical Storm Watch or Warning. Tropical storm force winds are possible within the warning areas, especially along the immediate Florida coast. No significant impacts for the UF campus area are expected although windy conditions are anticipated. Here is some specific forecast information for UF and nearby:
- Today’s forecast for the UF campus indicates increasing winds this afternoon in the 20-25mph range with higher gusts up to 36mph possible. A Wind Advisory will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Rain associated with the storm is forecast to remain east of the UF campus although a slight chance of showers exists, especially tonight.
- Along the NE Florida Coast, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for coastal waters with a Tropical Storm Watch in effect for the immediate coast. Gusts up to 40 mph near the coast can be expected. Additionally, isolated thunderstorms with locally heavy rain are possible tonight through early Saturday morning mainly over the coastal waters and adjacent coastal counties.
- The City of Jacksonville with coordination from UAA issued an update asking visitors to the UGA vs UF game to take precautions at outdoor activities associated with the game: http://www.makeascenedowntown.com/Documents/10-25-12-COJ-Rls-Hurricane-Sandy-Update-1.aspx.
- There are no known UF closures at this time with all UF locations across the state are on a normal operating schedule today, similar to most local county government offices.
- Live streaming weather coverage is available from WRUF: http://www.wruf.com/weather/watch-live/
- A web briefing is available from NWS-Jacksonville: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/media/jax/vBriefing/Tropical_Brief_Sandy_102611_8h/index.htm
- Graphical impacts from Sandy for SE Florida (National Weather Service-Miami): http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/php/tcig_index.php?sid=MFL
- Graphical impacts from Sandy for the Florida Keys (National Weather Service-Key West): http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/php/tcig_index.php?sid=key&threat=wind
Current Advisories for Alachua County
Current Tropical Weather Advisories
- UF Housing Severe Weather Preparedness Information
- National Weather Service-Jacksonville
- UF campus forecast courtesy of NWS-Jacksonville
- National Hurricane Center
- Alachua County Emergency Management Storm Watch
- Gainesville Traffic and Road Conditions
- Florida 511 Statewide Traffic Information
Live streaming weather coverage is available from WRUF: http://www.wruf.com/weather/watch-live/.