Storm Updates

Hurricane & Storm Updates

Hurricane Ian


UPDATE 11
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2022

Orlando

Please be advised:  

  1. Orlando is no longer under any watches or warnings. 
  2. The Orlando campus will resume a normal schedule Monday, Oct. 3. Students should report to class, and employees should report to work. 
  3. Your class may have been moved to a different room due to water damage. Please check signs on front doors for temporary room assignments. 
  4. We are aware that sections of East Central Florida are still experiencing flooding and other effects from the storm. If you are not able to safely come to class on Monday, please contact your professors directly. 

This concludes the Emergency Management Team’s Orlando communication concerning Hurricane Ian.  

This message has been distributed on behalf of the Department of Public Safety and the Emergency Management Team.   


UPDATE 10
12 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022

West Palm Beach

Please be advised:  

  • The tropical storm warning and flood watch for Palm Beach County are lifted.  
  • The West Palm Beach campus will resume a normal schedule tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 30. Students should report to class, and employees should report to work.  
  • The rip current risk is high through the weekend. Please be safe!

This concludes the Emergency Management Team's West Palm Beach communication concerning Hurricane Ian. The team continues to communicate with our Orlando campus separately.  

This message has been distributed on behalf of the Department of Public Safety and the Emergency Management Team. 


UPDATE 9
2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022

West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach is in a flood watch, tornado watch and a tropical storm warning. A tropical storm warning is issued when sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. Tropical storm conditions, including wind gusts and heavy rain, are anticipated due to Hurricane Ian. 

West Palm Beach experienced multiple tornado warnings throughout the night. We are thankful that no tornadoes touched down on our campuses. However, you should take tornado warnings seriously and seek shelter in an interior room immediately. 

A tornado watch is still in effect. Remain inside and do not walk about campus unless it is necessary.  

Do not go to the beach. The surf is dangerous and unpredictable. Rip currents are life threatening. 

By no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, the Emergency Management Team will send an update about the status of classes and campus operations on Friday. We will communicate before then as new information becomes available.

Orlando

Orlando is in a flood watch, hurricane warning and tornado watch. A hurricane warning indicates that hurricane conditions - sustained winds of 74 mph or higher - are expected.  

Due to anticipated effects of Hurricane Ian, the PBA Orlando Campus will remain closed on Friday, Sept. 30. Students, faculty and staff are not permitted on campus on Friday.  

The Emergency Management Team will send an update about the reopening of the Orlando Campus no later than 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. We will communicate before then as new information becomes available.

As always, we are praying for you. If you are adversely impacted by Hurricane Ian, please contact Martha Christlieb (Martha_Christlieb@pba.edu).

 


 

UPDATE 8
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022

West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach remains outside of the cone for Hurricane Ian. However, Palm Beach County is currently under a flood watch, a tornado watch and a tropical storm warning. In an abundance of caution, University officials have decided the following for the West Palm Beach campus:

  • Hold Tuesday evening classes (those beginning after 5 p.m.) remotely 
  • Cancel in-person classes Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 28 and 29)
  • Hold fully online classes as scheduled 
  • Cancel all events on the Homecoming & Family Weekend schedule; events may be rescheduled for a future date. 

Campus and residence halls remain open during this time.

Residential students will receive a separate email from Residence Life regarding procedures and meals.  Professional Residence Life staff are present on campus to provide care and support to students. 

Employees will receive a separate email from Human Resources with instructions for Wednesday and Thursday. 

By no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, the Emergency Management Team will send an update about the status of classes and campus operations on Friday. 

 


 

UPDATE 7
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022

West Palm Beach

Hurricane Ian has upgraded to a major hurricane.

  • All of Palm Beach County is now in a tropical storm watch.  
  • A tornado watch is in effect until 5 p.m. for Palm Beach County.  

A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours. 

A tornado watch means that tornadoes are possible. Weather conditions favor thunderstorms capable of producing tornados for the affected area.

If you receive a PBA or county alert to shelter in place, please take these alerts seriously and follow instructions without delay. 

The West Palm Beach campus is operating normally during business hours today, Tuesday, Sept. 27. 

As with any storm, conditions can change. Please continue to check your PBA email, the storm updates page and the University’s social media: InstagramFacebook and Twitter

The Emergency Management Team’s next update on the status of West Palm Beach campus operations for Wednesday will be sent by 3:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 27. 

 


 

ORLANDO CAMPUS CLOSURE
9:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

Due to the anticipated effects of Hurricane Ian, PBA’s Orlando Campus will do the following:

  1. Hold Tuesday daytime classes as scheduled, in person and on campus.
  2. Hold Tuesday evening classes remotely only.
  3. Cancel all classes on Wednesday and Thursday

The Orlando campus will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday. Students, staff, and faculty are not permitted on campus during this time.

An update will be sent out no later than Thursday at 5 p.m. about the status of the Orlando campus on Friday. 

We are praying for you. If you are adversely impacted by Hurricane Ian, please let Martha Christlieb (Martha_Christlieb@pba.edu) know.

 


 

HURRICANE IAN PRECAUTIONS
7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

West Palm Beach:

While the West Palm Beach campus is not in the projected path or cone of the storm, our area will still feel some effects. If you have not already done so, please sign up for AlertPBC, Palm Beach County’s Emergency Notification System.  

Please note: 

  • The area of Flagler Drive and Okeechobee Boulevard is prone to flooding. This will worsen with heavy rain and our highest tide level. Please take care when driving. 
  • Please do not drive through standing water or other dangerous conditions. 
  • Wind may cause temporary power outages. It is a good idea to charge cellphones in advance of the windy weather and to keep them charged. 
  • Wind gusts can pick up and drop items and cause tree limbs to fall. Please be aware of your surroundings. 
  • The university has trimmed trees and secured outdoor furniture. Please secure any personal belongings on residence hall balconies. 
  • There is a slight risk of tornadoes, especially on the east side of a storm. If you receive a PBA or Palm Beach County alert to shelter in place, please take these alerts seriously and follow instructions without delay. 

Orlando:

The Orlando campus is in a tropical storm watch and will feel the effects of the storm as early as Tuesday and throughout the week. 

  • Please do not drive through standing water, or in other dangerous conditions. 
  • Wind gusts can pick up and drop items and cause tree limbs to fall. Please be aware of your surroundings and secure any personal belongings. 
  • There is a slight risk of tornadoes on the east side of a storm. If you receive a PBA or Orange County alert to shelter in place, please take these alerts seriously and follow instructions without delay. 
  • If you have not already done so, please sign up for OCFL Alert, Orange County’s emergency notification app. 

 


 

UPDATE 6
3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

Both the West Palm Beach and Orlando campuses will operate normally on Tuesday. As with any storm, conditions can change. Please continue to check your PBA email, the storm updates page and the University’s social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

The University’s Emergency Management Team is closely monitoring Hurricane Ian. Palm Beach Atlantic officials are in regular contact with the National Weather Service, as well as local, state and federal officials.

The next scheduled update on University operations will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 27.

 


 

UPDATE 5
12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

West Palm Beach:

Tropical Storm Ian is now Hurricane Ian. A tropical storm has sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph, while a hurricane has sustained winds of 74 mph or greater. The Palm Beach Atlantic Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Ian and any potential impacts. They are in regular communication with National Weather Service officials. 

Based on the latest track, West Palm Beach remains outside of the forecasted cone. The West Palm Beach campus could still experience effects from the system as early as Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. It is too soon to determine the exact timing, location and magnitude of any impact. Excessive rain, flooding and damaging wind are possible.

The next communication will be 3 p.m. today, Sept. 26, and will address Tuesday business operations and classes. The Emergency Management Team is communicating separately with the Orlando campus. 

Orlando:

Tropical Storm Ian is now Hurricane Ian. A tropical storm has sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph, while a hurricane has sustained winds of 74 mph or greater. The Palm Beach Atlantic Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Ian and any potential impacts. They are in regular communication with National Weather Service officials. 

Based on the latest track, East Central Florida could experience effects from the system as early as Tuesday night and throughout the week. It is too soon to determine the exact timing, location and magnitude of any impact. Excessive rain, flooding and damaging wind are possible.  

The next communication will be 3 p.m. today, Sept. 26, and will address Tuesday business operations and classes.

 


 

UPDATE 4
3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022

The University’s Emergency Management Team continues to closely monitor Tropical Storm Ian. Both the West Palm Beach and Orlando campuses will operate normally on Monday. The Emergency Management Team meets regularly to discuss any potential impacts of the storm. The next update to our University community will be 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. 

 


 

UPDATE 3
1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022

Tropical Depression 9 is now Tropical Storm Ian. A tropical depression has maximum sustained winds of 38 mph, while a tropical storm has sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph. 

The University’s Emergency Management Team met this morning and will meet again this evening. The team continues to monitor the storm and its potential impacts. The next communication to our campus community will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.  

 


 

UPDATE 2
4:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2022

Palm Beach Atlantic University officials continue to monitor Tropical Depression 9. Unless there is a significant change in the forecast, the next update to our campus community will be 1 p.m. Saturday.

We will communicate with you via Listserv emails, the storm updates page on pba.edu and on social media: InstagramFacebook and Twitter. Please monitor these channels for updates over the weekend.

If you are a residential student, you will receive additional communication and instructions from Residence Life as needed. 

The University’s Emergency Management Team is in contact with the National Weather Service, as well as local, state and federal officials about Tropical Depression 9 and its potential impact.

As a precaution, please take time this weekend to review your personal hurricane preparation and evacuation plan. Here are some resources on how to prepare. You can find additional resources in Palm Beach County’s hurricane planning guide. Please be aware of your evacuation zone and make sure that you have created an AlertPBC account, which Palm Beach County uses to communicate weather and county/city alerts through text.  

 


 

UPDATE 1
10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2022

Palm Beach Atlantic University officials are closely monitoring the progress of Tropical Depression 9. The University is operating normally. We will continue to observe this weather system and update you if conditions change and affect campus operations. 

Now is a good time to review your personal plans and gather supplies. Students, faculty and staff should monitor University email and pba.edu for updates.

 


 

These messages have been distributed on behalf of the Department of Public Safety and the Emergency Management Team.