Update 5: Hurricane Dorian, August 29, 2019 at 11:40 a.m.

At this time, tropical storm force winds from Hurricane Dorian are expected in Central Florida Sunday evening.

In preparation for the storm’s arrival, and to provide flexibility for students to travel outside the area if they choose, classes will be cancelled on Friday, August 30. The campus will remain open Friday for faculty and staff.

The College will officially close at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 1, and will remain so through Wednesday, September 4, pending further updates. A mandatory campus evacuation will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday and will remain in place until further notice.

During the closure, only emergency essential personnel are expected to be on campus. All other personnel should remain off campus until the College reopens.

All students who remain on campus through Sunday morning will be transported by the College to an approved Red Cross shelter. Check-in for those buses will begin Sunday morning at the Alfond Sports Center.

Prior to leaving campus on Friday, please ensure all computers and personal items are removed from the floor, and are covered by garbage bags. Garbage bags will be distributed at the Help Desk in Olin Library starting at 2 p.m. today. Additionally, please move items of value away from exterior walls and windows. The College does not assume responsibility and is not insured for damage or loss of personal property.

The College will activate its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Sunday night, and it will be staffed with members of the College’s Emergency Operations team. Campus will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, until we are able to do a thorough assessment of the safety of campus following the storm before reopening. At this time, we plan to reopen campus on Thursday, September 5.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as the College prepares for Hurricane Dorian. We plan to provide the next update Sunday afternoon. Please continue to monitor the College’s emergency site and Campus Safety Facebook and Twitter for additional information.


Update 4: Class Canceled – Tuesday, September 3rd

In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian’s impact to Central Florida and the College, Rollins has canceled class on Tuesday, September 3. While classes are canceled on Tuesday, at this time, regular College operations will continue and the College will remain open for faculty and staff, pending further updates.

The expectation at this time is that the College will be open and fully operational Wednesday morning, September 4, but we will continue to monitor the track and intensity of the storm and make other decisions in the coming days. Please follow Campus Safety on Facebook and Twitter for updates. We will provide the next update by Thursday, August 29, at noon.

Update 3: Level 3 – Monitoring Tropical Storm Dorian

We continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm Dorian. Rollins College will begin to issue official communications regarding this system later today. The exact track and intensity have fluctuated greatly and we are working with all of our community partners to provide the best information possible. Thank you for your support.

Update 2: Level 3 – Monitoring Tropical Storm Dorian

Rollins College continues to monitor Tropical Storm Dorian as it moves into the Caribbean Sea. It is very early to predict the strength of this system, however there seems to be consensus regarding the track, which appears to head south of this area (at this time). Please continue to check local forecasts and this site for the most up-to-date information.

Level 3 Monitoring – INVEST 94L

Current Rollins College Status: Level 3 – Monitoring

Current Orange County EOC Operational Status: Level 3 – Monitoring.

State of Florida EOC Operational Status: Level 3

Event Overview: A weather system in the Bahamas has a 60% chance of developing into a tropical system.

Potential Impacts:
• No direct impact expected to Florida
• The system is expected to remain weak and off shore.
• We may see heavy rainfall over the next few days.