decision when to reopen EFSC will be made at a later time, stay tuned to space coast daily for updates
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida State College, which closed Friday, and will remain closed through Tuesday because of Hurricane Dorian, a powerful storm that has slowed its track through the Atlantic, causing a delay in a mandatory evacuation order for parts of Brevard County, which will now start at 8 a.m. Monday.
Under the Brevard County Emergency Management Office’s updated order, the following residents should start evacuating on Monday, September 2 at 8 a.m., instead of Sunday morning as initially ordered on Friday night:
• Those who live on the barrier islands, including areas from Kennedy Space Center south to the south beaches, and Merritt Island,
• Those in mobile homes or manufactured housing,
• Those in low-lying, flood-prone areas,
• Those with special medical needs such as electrical dependence.
College officials made the closure decision Thursday because of Dorian’s uncertain track and its growing strength, which has reached Category 4 status. Although the National Hurricane Center’s projected track for Dorian is moving east, the location of landfall is still uncertain as of Saturday, with Florida’s East Coast still within the cone of possible impact.
A decision on when to reopen the college will be made at a later time.
Category 4 hurricanes have maximum sustained winds of 130-156 miles per hour, dangerous storm surge and flooding rains.
“Hurricane Dorian is an extremely dangerous storm with experts saying it will impact Florida’s East Coast this Labor Day weekend, including Brevard County,” said EFSC President Dr. Jim Richey.
“We are closing the college out of an abundance of caution to give our employees and students time to prepare and make plans to ensure their safety.”
For online courses or courses with an online component, please look at the online coursework for any alternate assignments and due dates. Your instructor will amend assignments when appropriate.
As new information is available it will be added at the top of this news release, with the date and time of the update indicated.
College officials are in close contact with the Brevard County Emergency Management Office, which receives the latest information from the National Hurricane Center on the storm’s possible path and strength and possible impacts to the Space Coast.
EFSC will keep its employees and students informed with updates as needed via TitanAlerts texts, the college’s website, social media platforms and 24/7 hotline 1-888-609-3313.
STAY TUNED TO SPACE COAST DAILY FOR HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATES
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