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In preparation for Tropical Storm Colin, the UCF main campus and UCF regional campuses will close today at 4 p.m. and reopen tomorrow morning as per usual.

Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in effect for 34 of Florida’s 67 counties, including most of the Central Florida area. As of 2 p.m., the tropical storm had sustained winds of 50 mph that extended for some 250 miles from Colin’s center, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Central Florida residents can expect high winds and heavy rain over the next several hours before the storm heads north along the East Coast.

The Office of Emergency Management at UCF will continue to update the community via UCF Alert text messages and emails, the official UCF website, indoor and outdoor sirens and social media.

Students and faculty are also encouraged to subscribe to severe weather bulletins, which contain more detailed information about Tropical Storm Colin. Email listserv@listserv.cc.ucf.edu with “subscribe OEM-NOTICE” typed in the body of the message. The subject line should be blank.

With hurricane season underway, Orlando residents should prepare by stocking up on emergency supplies. Kits should include:

  • 1 gallon of water per person for at least three days
  • Emergency contact list
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food items
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Important documents, including passport, birth certificate, social security card, etc. 

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Shana Medel is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Email her at ShanaM@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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