Friday, July 31, 2020
A Message from Paul Rooney, Assistant Vice President, Operations
Valencia is monitoring Hurricane Isaias, which strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane late Thursday.
As of 2 p.m. today, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was centered about 245 miles southeast of Nassau. It was moving at 16 mph, and its center was forecast to be near central Bahamas late Friday and move near or over northwest Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.
The Hurricane Center said this afternoon that hurricane hunters have found that Isaias is getting better organized as tropical storm conditions and heavy rains move into the Central Bahamas.
A hurricane watch has been issued for portions of the Florida East Coast from north of Deerfield Beach northward to the Volusia-Brevard County line.
As of the most recent forecast, the window of arrival to Central Florida is from late Saturday afternoon to early Sunday morning, when we can expect 35-55 mph winds as well as rain and squalls.
As with any adverse weather conditions, students, faculty and staff are advised to monitor news as it relates to this storm. Be prepared and have essential items nearby as there is always the possibility of power outages.
If severe weather approaches Central Florida, Valencia’s public safety officials will strive to provide a timely warning. The West Campus Security Office will serve as our Emergency Operations Center to coordinate mission critical services.
In an emergency, all employees will be notified via Valencia Alerts to their cell phone, home phone or email and via the Valencia College Safety App with important emergency notifications and updates. Therefore, it’s extremely important that you make sure your Valencia Alert contact information is correct. To confirm your contact information and preferences:
- Log into your Atlas account
- Click on the Valencia Alerts “box” on the lower right side of the main screen.
If you experience any issues updating your Valencia alerts, contact OIT.