10/4/13 8:30AM - TROPICAL STORM KAREN Update
Florida State University and its Emergency Management Team continue to actively monitor the progress of and preparing for the possible impacts from Tropical Storm Karen.
At this time, all operations on campus remain NORMAL. Any potential changes to normal operations and/or scheduled events will be posted at http://alerts.fsu.edu and via FSU Alert’s Facebook and Twitter channels.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a TROPICAL STORM WATCH from Destin to Apalachicola, which includes FSU’s Panama City campus and a TROPICAL STORM WARNING west of Destin, which includes FSU’s College of Medicine Regional Campus in Pensacola. A very limited number of Panama City students in a single class normally scheduled for Saturday are being notified about the potential for cancellation. A final decision will be made and communicated directly to those students on Friday.
At this time, the Florida State University Main Campus in Tallahassee, Leon County is not under any watches or advisories. No significant protective actions are anticipated given the current storm forecast.
The Coastal and Marine Laboratory in St. Theresa, Franklin County is making prudent facility preparations although there are no watches or advisories in place for that campus at this time.
A group of key university officials will meet late this morning with National Weather Service, Atlantic Coast Conference and University of Maryland officials to review contingency plans with respect to Saturday’s Noon football game. Based upon the current forecast, no substantial inclement weather conditions are expected on Saturday. As such, it is anticipated that there will be no significant alterations to game activities.
University officials are also reviewing contingency plans for other schedule Parents Weekend activities. Again, given the current National Hurricane Center / National Weather Service forecast, no significant alterations to scheduled events are expected.
As the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service advises everyone, this current forecast comes with a significant amount of uncertainty. Some computer models suggest a further eastward track for Tropical Storm Karen which may bring greater impacts to the Tallahassee region. The forecast is subject to change as the storm and an approaching cold front progress forward in time. The exact timing of when the two interact with each other will be a key factor in the eventual path and impacts of Karen.
Florida State encourages all students, faculty, staff, parents and other visitors to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Karen carefully. Now is the time to update, review, or create for the first time your personal and family disaster plan. The Hurricane Survival Guide for the Capital Region is available at http://bit.ly/16IfQpH. You can “Get a Plan” athttp://bit.ly/YsSw5B. The FSU Emergency Preparedness Guide is available at http://bit.ly/FSUPreparednessGuide.
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OFFICIAL vs. UNOFFICIAL: It is the policy of Florida State University to make protective action decisions based upon the official forecasts of the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service. While we certainly reference a wide variety of other information sources including local news outlets, cable weather stations, private sector consultants and even our own faculty, it is important to note that each of those provide a singular opinion. It is important, especially in the current scenario, to know that there is often a great deal of uncertainty in some forecasts. We strongly discourage reliance upon any third-party source which does not substantiate their claims with an abundance of supporting scientific data and acknowledgement to the level of confidence in that data.