Now a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center has projected Hurricane Dorian to strengthen into a Category 3 before making landfall in Florida, prompting Florida Governor Ron Desantis to declare a state of emergency.
“Today, I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure Florida is fully prepared for Hurricane Dorian,” said Governor DeSantis. “Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water, and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster.”
As Hurricane #Dorian approaches, I’ve declared a state of emergency to ensure local governments and emergency management agencies have ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared. Please continue to follow local reports and @FLSERT for updates. https://t.co/FyQM6wd8er
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 28, 2019
The latest projections also anticipate UCF to be near the center of its crosshairs by late Sunday or early Monday.
In a Tuesday press release, UCF announced that the Office of Emergency Management is “actively monitoring” the hurricane and readying the university to “respond to and recover from emergencies.”
UCF Police Chief Carl Metzger issued a statement Wednesday urging students to “prioritize” their personal safety and to prepare, rather than panic.
A message from @UCFChiefMetzger 👇
— UCF Police Dept. (@UCFPolice) August 28, 2019
UCF has yet to announce any sort of schedule changes due to the storm.
As of 5 p.m., Hurricane Dorian is holding a maximum sustained wind speed of 80 m.p.h and is traveling at 14 m.p.h. over Puerto Rico, according to the NHC.
Check back for updates.