STORM UPDATE as of Wed., Sept. 16, 5:15 p.m.
Procedures for Tonight
- Students will be released by in buildings in 15 minute increments to eat, and will be free from that time until 10 p.m.
- Because of restrictions from our local officials, students are not permitted to leave campus tonight.
- Dinner served tonight 5-7 p.m. in Varsity and Four Winds (normal menus). Take an extra bottle of water as you leave.
- Commons and Sports Center open 5:00-10:00 tonight
- Library open 7:00-10:00 tonight
- Return to residence hall by 10 p.m.
- Town students may not come to campus today and should stay home
Health & Safety Concerns
- Stay away from barricaded areas on campus
- Stay on campus tonight per request of local authorities to stay off roads
- Do not drink tap water from faucets/sinks yet – use bottled water only
- Since there is low pressure in county water supply, reduce water usage as much as possible and do not flush toilets unless necessary.
- Face masks required in public areas
Please conserve water since pressure levels are low:
- Avoid showers
- Avoid flushing unless necessary
- We hope water pressure is restored by 9 p.m. If not, we will switch to well water. We are avoiding going to well water because it will not be drinkable for up to 3 days.
Thursday and Friday
- All PCC classes and chapel services canceled Thurs.-Fri.
- VPA, MK, Library, Field House, Sports Center, Commons will be open Thurs.-Fri. following typical Sat. hours.
SCHEDULE CHANGES & CLOSURES
- College classes canceled Thursday and Friday
- Chapel canceled Thursday and Friday
- Non-essential work areas closed Thursday and Friday
- Campus Church canceled Wednesday
PCC Hurricane Plan
PREVIOUS STORM UPDATES:
Wed., Sept. 16, 10:15 a.m.
The eye of Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, at 4:45 a.m. Rain and winds are decreasing as the storm moves further inland. Late yesterday forecasters indicated the storm was heading toward Mississippi; thankfully, campus preparations had been completed and essential departments were well equipped to respond to the storm change in direction.
PCC classes, chapel, and Campus Church services are canceled for Wednesday. Student workers should not report to work today unless authorized by supervisor to provide essential services.
Campus is currently closed, so town students should not come to campus. We will not reopen campus or allow students out of residence hall shelters until post-storm assessments are complete and priority safety issues are addressed. Lunch has already been pre-staged in shelters and will be delivered. Students will be notified when it is safe to leave shelters, and will be required to remain on campus today because of local conditions.
Currently, known issues on campus include flooded roads, downed power lines, fallen debris/trees, and some utility interruptions. Overnight, the majority of reports were caused by water leaks, but this morning fallen trees are increasing from the water-saturated ground. Thankfully, there have been no reports of any injuries throughout campus.
Response teams are working to restore campus facilities and services as quickly as possible. Please continue to submit damage reports including leaks to RAs so they can be addressed.
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.
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.