1 p.m. update: Tropical Storm Erika

The National Hurricane Center advised this morning that Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated. All Lynn University operations, classes and activities will proceed normally throughout the weekend and next week. Students and employees are encouraged to monitor local media stations for further weather-related updates.

5 p.m. update: Tropical Storm Erika

There are no further updates at this time. 


Next update: Saturday, Aug. 29 at 1:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m. update: Tropical Storm Erika

This morning, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Erika. While weather patterns can be highly unpredictable, the U.S. National Hurricane Center predicts that Florida will be impacted from Sunday into early next week.

Lynn University's incident management team is meeting regularly to assess the potential impact on campus, and planning already is underway to ensure the university's operations will be minimally affected. Officials will continue to monitor the storm and provide regular updates via the Lynn.edu alert page.

While Lynn will house all residential students (those scheduled to live on-campus), Lynn is not a designated storm shelter and cannot accommodate friends, family and non-residential students.

Students and employees should continue to monitor local media for changes in Erika's forecast and potential severe weather. Those who must contact the university prior to scheduled arrivals to campus may call +1 561-237-7000.

More information is available below:

ARRIVAL TIMES

Travel

Should I drive or get on a plane to South Florida today or tomorrow or wait until the storm has passed?

First, check on the status of Tropical Storm Erika by visiting the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center and monitoring local media. Flight-specific information should also be available on the website of your arrival airport.

If a residential student (someone scheduled to live on campus) can safely arrive in advance of the storm, we will welcome him/her. We will not have any additional capacity to accommodate parents or non-resident students.

If you are driving your son or daughter to campus and do not have or cannot obtain hotel reservations, it is important that you leave enough time to drive out of the area and harm's way. If a student cannot safely arrive in advance of the storm under your current travel plans, please change your plans to arrive when severe weather conditions cease to threaten the area. Continue to check Lynn.edu for the current status.


Can returning students, scheduled for check-in Saturday, arrive Friday instead?

The university is operating normally at this time, and returning students should plan to arrive on Saturday, as regularly scheduled. Special circumstances should be addressed with the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

 

Shipping Belongings

Should I ship my belongings now or wait until next week when the storm threat is over?

If you haven't already shipped your belongings, wait until next week. For shipments already in progress, contact your shipping company.

 

Academic Concerns

If my son/daughter is delayed or unable to get to campus because of the storm, will he or she be penalized?

We will welcome all students as soon as they can get to campus. No student will be penalized for avoiding this area during the approach/arrival of severe weather or other potentially life-threatening situation.

 

If my son or daughter doesn't get there this weekend, what about his/her class schedule?

Classes for which the student registered will be held.

 

If a student missed programming over the weekend, will there be a make-up session?

Students will receive information and instructions following the storm.

 

HOUSING

Are you housing students who are arriving for this semester?

Yes. We will house all residential students (those scheduled to live on-campus). Lynn is not a designated storm center or evacuation zone and therefore cannot house families, friends or off-campus students.


Can the university house parents and families?

No. Lynn is not a designated storm shelter and cannot house parents, friends or families. We will be at capacity with our residential students and emergency support staff and administration. If you are driving your son or daughter to campus, it's important that you leave enough time to drive out of the area and harm's way. If a student cannot safely arrive in advance of the storm under your current travel plans, please change your plans to arrive when severe weather ceases to threaten the area.


Can Lynn students who live locally come to the university for shelter?

No. We will be at capacity by accommodating residential students and emergency support staff and administration. Lynn is not a designated storm shelter.

 

If I don't come this weekend, will I lose my assigned room and roommate?

No, all room and roommate assignments will be held.

 

Will students be evacuated if evacuation becomes mandatory?

No. Lynn is not in an evacuation area. University students and emergency staff will not be evacuated.

 

How well prepared is Lynn to provide adequate food and water to students housed on campus?

The campus has food and water to supply the needs of all resident students and emergency staff for an extended period of time.

 

SAFETY AND HEALTH

Is Lynn University a safe place to stay?

Yes.


How secure will the campus be?

Our campus safety officers are on duty 24 hours per day.


Will you have first aid available?

Yes. The campus Health Center's registered nurses will be available. 


FURTHER INFORMATION 

What's the best way to get updates?

Regular updates will be made to the Lynn.edu alert page as new information becomes available. 


Are there any changes in the orientation, registration, and class schedules?

Visit the Lynn.edu alert page for the latest updates.



5 p.m. update: Tropical Storm Erika

There are no further updates at this time. 


Next update: Friday, Aug. 28 11 a.m.

11 a.m. update: Tropical Storm Erika

There are no further updates at this time. 


Next update: Thursday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m.


Tropical Storm Erika

Lynn University is carefully monitoring Tropical Storm Erika and any impact it may have on Welcome Weekend and the start of classes. All business operations and events are operating normally at this time. Please visit the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center for more information.


Next update: Thursday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m.


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