Weather Updates-Hurricane Matthew
6:00 p.m. Oct, 7, 2016
Now that the storm has subsided, please feel free to go about your daily activities as normal. Thank you to all who helped prepare the campus for the possibility of severe weather.
Fortunately, there was no significant damage done to the campus. As a reminder, classes will return on regular schedules on Monday, October 10. We look forward to seeing you then.
1:00 p.m., Friday, October 7, 2016
Local tropical storm warnings and watches have expired as Hurricane Matthew continues to move away from the area.
The SEU Emergency Response Team will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew’s path, and will post updates as necessary.
3:00 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016
Hurricane Matthew is following the projected path passing the Bahamas just off the eastern coast of Florida.
As a reminder, Southeastern will be canceling classes and student events beginning 4:00 p.m. today, October 6, through the weekend. University offices will also be closed Friday, October 7, with plans of reopening on Monday. Resident Life staff will be staying on campus until the storm passes and will continue to communicate updates and instructions to their residents. Security staff and their director will also be on campus throughout this time to make decisions and give direction as needed.
We will start feeling the effects of the storm later this evening. As we are likely to experience more intense winds beginning tonight through Friday, it is imperative to take shelter and limit your travel. We are imposing a mandatory curfew.
– Campus curfew begins this evening at 10:00 p.m.
– Everyone should remain in their residence hall after that time.
– Students arriving on campus after 10:00 p.m. must go directly to their residence hall.
– You will receive an E2Campus Alert when curfew has been lifted.
If damage should occur creating a hazard, move away from the danger to a nearby, safe area (in the same building). Each residence hall has been provided a number to call in case of emergency; please store that number in your phone.
Hurricane safety tips:
– Gather emergency supplies including water, medications, batteries, flashlights, important documents, and a full tank of gas.
– When a hurricane approaches, immediately take shelter indoors – preferably in an interior first floor room or hallway.
– Avoid windows and seek additional protection by getting underneath large, solid pieces of furniture (if possible).
– Avoid modular or temporary structures.
– Avoid travel during high winds and heavy rain.
2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Southeastern has been monitoring Hurricane Matthew’s path since Friday, September 30. Even though current projections show that it will follow a path up the eastern Florida coast, heavy winds and rain will be expected on campus. It is still too early to estimate the full nature of those effects, but as a precautionary measure, in order to keep students from walking around outside or driving to the campus, Southeastern will be canceling classes and student events beginning 4:00 p.m., Thursday, October 6 through the weekend. University offices will also be closed Friday, October 7, with plans of reopening on Monday.
Southeastern has made all necessary preparations in the event that severe weather is experienced. Campus food services will maintain normal operations. We ask that students remain indoors as much as possible and try to stay off the roads until the storm subsides.
Residence Directors will keep steady communication with residential students as the storm continues down its path. Residential students who wish to leave campus may do so if they have a safe place to go. Students who choose to leave must communicate via e-mail with their Resident Director and provide the address of the destination. More information will be available at the mandatory residence hall meetings held tonight, Wednesday, October 5, at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in Bush chapel.
Should expected conditions significantly worsen, the university has a plan in place that will be communicated.
11:45 a.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The SEU Emergency Response Team (SERT) is continuing to monitor Hurricane Matthew and its path throughout the day. The SERT will meet this afternoon to review forecasts and make a decision on classes and university operations.
SEU is coordinating with Polk County Emergency Operations Center on all decisions and will remain informed of all the latest weather updates.
Please continue to monitor the SEU website for additional updates.
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The SEU Emergency Response Team has been monitoring Hurricane Matthew for the past several days. Although we do not expect this storm to directly hit the campus, we are preparing for severe wind and rain. Precautionary preparations are already underway to secure and prepare the campus.
Campus communication will be via the home page of SEU.edu, via email, and social media. Later this afternoon, we will announce the decision concerning class schedules for Thursday and Friday. Our Residence Life staff will also be meeting with students later today to inform them of our severe weather protocol. Residents should be watching social media for location and time. We will post additional updates as they become available.
Hurricane Matthew information
Hurricane Matthew is moving NNW at approximately 10 mph and is expected to be near the east coast of Florida by Thursday evening.
Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph with higher gusts.
Hurricane safety tips
Gather emergency supplies including water, medications, batteries, flashlights, important documentations, and a full tank of gas.
When a hurricane approaches, immediately take shelter indoors – preferably in an interior first floor room or hallway.
Avoid windows and seek additional protection by getting underneath large, solid pieces of furniture (if possible).
Avoid modular or temporary structures.
Avoid travel during high winds and heavy rain.
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Recent forecasts have shown Hurricane Matthew tracking models to be veering toward the eastern Florida coast. The exact impact to the state will not be known until later in the week, as the storm’s projected path will become more discernible after it passes Haiti and Cuba today. We pray for those who are in the path of the storm.
SEU will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Matthew, so please check back for updates.
2:30 p.m., Monday, October 3, 2016
Hurricane Matthew is projected to remain 50-70 miles off the east coast of Florida and then travel north. Even though there will be dangerous seas off the east coast and some outer bands that reach inland Florida, we are not anticipating that Matthew will pose any serious threat to Central Florida, or to the Lakeland area. University activities will continue as usual.
3:15 p.m., Friday, September 30, 2016
We are closely monitoring Hurricane Matthew’s path as it continues through the Caribbean. At this time, Matthew ‘s projected path poses no major threat to Southeastern University, or the western portion of Florida. We will continue watching the status of the hurricane and will post updates as needed.