The Rollins Public Information team released a statement at 4 p.m. on Nov. 7 informing the campus community of the college’s current assessment of Subtropical Storm Nicole. According to the statement, the campus can expect heavy wind and rain on Wednesday and Thursday. At this time, the college has no intention of canceling classes or closing campus, though it is continuing to monitor the situation.
Nicole was named Monday morning and is currently projected to hit land Wednesday night. By that point, it may reach hurricane-level wind speeds. This would be a rare feat, as only 5 other November hurricanes have made landfall on the contiguous U.S. since 1850.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch for Florida’s east coast from the Volusia/Brevard County Line to Hallandale Beach, as well as for Lake Okeechobee. Florida Gov. Ron Desantis declared a state of emergency for 34 counties currently in the potential path of Nicole, which includes Orange County.
Damage from Nicole may be bolstered by high tides and the full moon, and heavy rainfall could pose a concern for areas still recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Ian last month.
The Rollins Facilities team has encouraged any campus community members who encounter water intrusion or building concerns to make them known using the TeamDynamix (TDX) system. Those seeking the most up to date information should check the campus’ emergency site, and the Public Information Team has stated another update will be provided on Nov. 8 by 5 p.m.
A map with the latest forecast for tracking Subtropical Storm Nicole can be found here.