Tropical Depression 19 formed off the coast of Florida late this afternoon and is expected to bring rain to South Florida this weekend. Our area is under a tropical storm watch.
The National Hurricane Center expects the depression to become Tropical Storm Sally as early as this evening, prompting a tropical storm watch for South Florida. Periods of heavy rain and gusty winds are expected in our area, so it is important that you monitor local media and pay attention to updates from the National Hurricane Center.
We expect university operations will continue as scheduled.
Please note that FIU has a communication protocol to keep the community informed about university operations during emergencies, including storms. Please look for emails, follow FIU on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and, check FIU News and monitor local media for updates.
Storm preparation may be a new experience for many members of our university community. For tips on what to do, please visit the FIU Department of Emergency Management website or Miami-Dade County’s Hurricane Guide
This weather system must not take our attention away from the things that we must all do to stop the spread of COVID-19: Wear your face covering, keep physical distance and wash your hands frequently with soap and water.