The National Weather Service Hurricane Center updated the status of Tropical Storm Dorian to a Category 1 hurricane this afternoon. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Florida counties along Florida’s east coast within the cone of uncertainty. 

National Weather Service scientists are predicting Hurricane Dorian to reach southeastern Florida late Sunday into Monday morning. Depending on the track of the storm, students and faculty can expect some wind and rain, especially on Sunday. 

An email earlier this afternoon from Eckerd’s emergency alert system said the college’s plans for returning students to move in this Friday remain the same, but encourages students to monitor reports.

The Emergency Management Executive Team will send another update through the alert system tomorrow, Thursday.

According to Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Chaplain Doug McMahon, administrators had a meeting at 2:30 p.m. today to encourage faculty to review their hurricane plans.

DeSantis’ state of emergency included counties within this cone, naming over two dozen. These counties include: Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassae, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Volusia, and Union.

Reporting also contributed by Elaine Newbern, editor-in-chief.

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