STORM UPDATE as of Tues., Sept. 15, 11:30 p.m.
Hurricane Sally is slowly approaching the coast tonight, expected to make landfall Wednesday morning. PCC’s campus weather station has registered over 12 inches of rain so far. The slow movement of the storm will result in continued heavy rain for many hours. Breakfast meals are being delivered tonight to residence hall students, since sheltering will be necessary into the day Wednesday.
Students should report any residence hall maintenance concerns to RAs. Maintenance personnel are in each occupied building prepared to respond throughout the storm. There have been a number of reported leaks around windows and ceilings, and isolated water intrusion issues with electrical and HVAC utilities. These are being corrected as quickly as safely possible.
The campus Emergency Operations Center is fully staffed and operational throughout the storm, monitoring conditions on campus with a primary focus on student safety. Since it will not be safe to dispatch assistance throughout campus in the height of the storm, residence life staff and security personnel are in each building prepared to assist. They remain in communication with the Emergency Operations Center throughout the night.
With power outages beginning to occur throughout Northwest Florida, PCC engineering personnel have proactively switched the entire campus to electricity provided by the campus Standby Generation Facility. This is designed to provide uninterrupted electrical service throughout the storm.
SCHEDULE CHANGES & CLOSURES
- College classes canceled noon Tuesday through noon Wednesday
- Chapel canceled Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning
- Non-essential work areas closed Tuesday after noon through Wednesday morning
PCC Hurricane Plan
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Tues., Sept. 15, 11:25 a.m.
Tropical storm force winds are expected to increase today from Hurricane Sally, potentially causing hazardous road conditions and bridge closures. For your safety, college classes and chapel starting at noon or later today are canceled. Non-essential work areas will close at noon today. Student employees, check with your supervisor about whether you need to report to work.
Residence hall students are to remain on campus now until the storm passes. With the exception of the Campus Store and Palms, campus facilities will remain open until 7 p.m. A critical alert will be issued when it is necessary for all students to return to their own residence halls to shelter the storm.
We anticipate resuming college classes and reopening work areas at noon tomorrow, depending on conditions.
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6:45 a.m.
Hurricane Sally is still tracking toward the Mississippi/Alabama border, and the storm’s strength has decreased overnight. Heavy rain and wind gusts are expected in Northwest Florida throughout the storm. Local storm impacts will be strongest later tonight.
College classes and work areas will be open today. Town students and employees should evaluate travel routes to make safe decisions, avoiding areas prone to flooding. Throughout the day, weather conditions will be monitored by the PCC Emergency Operations Center as information is received from the County EOC. If sustained winds will increase to tropical storm strength before the end of the day, early dismissal will be announced so that town students and employees working on campus can travel home before bridge closures. Residence hall students will be notified if conditions warrant sheltering. Critical alerts will announce if this becomes necessary.
Students and employees need to be alert to changing weather and monitor for critical alerts today.
Mon. Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
The PCC Emergency Operations team is completing final preparations as Hurricane Sally approaches the Mississippi coast. Pensacola is now under a hurricane warning. This is a slow-moving storm expected to produce excessive rain and affect coastal states for a few days.
While college classes and activities currently remain open, county emergency management officials are keeping PCC well informed to guide ability to monitor potential weather threats and be ready to adjust schedules if needed for safety. Should sustained winds increase to tropical storm strength, classes will be canceled and on-campus students will be sheltered in residence halls until winds diminish. Critical alerts will announce if this becomes necessary. Food and water are being pre-staged at each residence hall as a precaution.
Students are encouraged to check Eagle’s Nest and e-mail frequently for ongoing awareness and monitor subscribed devices for potential critical alerts. Residence hall students should prepare for heavy rain by moving items away from residence hall windows to avoid damage from possible leaks.
Mon., Sept. 14, 11:15 a.m.
Hurricane Sally is approaching southeast Louisiana and Mississippi where landfall is expected on Tuesday. The forecast calls for Pensacola to experience heavy rain up to 10-15 inches over the next few days, with a chance for isolated tornadoes. The PCC Emergency Operations Center will be watching the storm track and monitoring for weather threats that could require immediate action. Students and employees should monitor subscribed devices for critical alerts, which will be issued if sudden weather requires shelter-in-place notices.
Otherwise, the College is currently open with no change to college classes or activities today. Pensacola remains under a tropical storm warning. The campus Emergency Operations Center is activated and prepared to make adjustments as necessary should there be forecast changes.
Parents are encouraged to monitor this page and campus webcams to stay aware of current conditions throughout the week.
Sun., Sept. 13, 11 a.m.
We continue to monitor forecasts for Tropical Storm Sally. The storm is tracking toward Louisiana, and Pensacola is no longer included in the National Hurricane Center’s 5-day forecast cone. Our area is under a tropical storm warning because of the potential for strong coastal winds, and we anticipate heavy rain as the storm approaches. Emergency Operations Center personnel are actively monitoring and prepared to respond if there are any local impacts.
We will continue to monitor the storm and post updates as needed.
Sat., Sept. 12, 3 p.m.
Tropical Storm Sally is currently located in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Pensacola is along the edge of the National Hurricane Center’s forecast cone, with the storm forecast to track to our west. We are monitoring the storm closely, and the forecast is subject to change.
PCC’s Emergency Operations personnel are preparing for a variety of contingencies. We are equipped to provide appropriate shelter and care for student needs should tropical weather impact our area.
No schedule changes or closures have been announced at this time, but if any are necessary for safety, they will be posted on this page. Any urgent information will also be communicated to students through the critical alert system.
We will continue to monitor the storm and post updates as needed.