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Weather Watch: Hurricane Florence

UD officials monitor weather predictions for the First State

Sept. 12, 2018 update: The National Weather Service has indicated that the track of Hurricane Florence will significantly reduce impacts in Delaware. This region is expected to experience rain later this week in the form of local showers and thunderstorms, but the heaviest rains related to Florence will not develop until the middle of next week. Tropical storm-force winds and significant coastal flooding are not anticipated. Rainfall estimates through the period have been reduced from 4-6 inches to 1-3 inches.


University of Delaware officials are monitoring weather conditions as Hurricane Florence, which was upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane on Monday morning, Sept. 10, continues to move west toward the East Coast.

As of Monday morning, the storm is predicted to increase its forward speed in the next couple of days, and a turn toward the northwest is expected to occur Wednesday night, Sept. 12, or Thursday, Sept. 13, reaching the southeastern coast of the United States on Sept. 13. Rapid strengthening is forecast, and Hurricane Florence is expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.

Members of the University community are advised to sign up for the LiveSafe app for the latest notifications and information about how the storm may affect the UD community. Updated information specific to the University will be posted on UDaily and the UD homepage.

In addition, information about how to prepare for a major storm is available at FEMA’s Ready.gov website: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

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