• Hurricane WARNING – Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are expected. Issued 36 hours in advance of tropical storm-force winds to give you time to complete your preparations.
  • Hurricane WATCH – Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are possible. Issued 48 hours before anticipated tropical storm-force winds.
  • Tropical Storm WARNING – Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within 36 hours.
  • Tropical Storm WATCH – Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within 48 hours.
  • Extreme Wind WARNING – Extreme sustained winds of a major hurricane (115 mph or greater), usually associated with the eyewall, are expected to begin within an hour.

What to Do

Follow Take Action Guidance when appropriate.

  • Have a Plan – You are a critical component of the University’s emergency preparedness! Take time now to create an emergency plan. Consider the specific needs in your household, including family members with special needs and pets. Communicate your plan with family and friends. Use the links below to assist with developing your plan.
  • Build a Kit – An essential part of your preparedness is having basic items you may need during an emergency. A simple kit includes a minimum of 3 days (72 hours) worth of essentials.
  • Stay Informed – Having accurate information during emergencies is a vital piece of your preparedness. Know in advance where to obtain reliable and updated information. You are encouraged to download or bookmark, as appropriate, these resources. The official source for information at UF is the University’s home page.
The National Hurricane Center uses the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale to classify hurricanes based upon maximum wind speed. The rating is from 1 to 5, with Category 3 and higher designated as major hurricanes.

Get More Info:

NWS – Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources

Ready.gov – Hurricanes

UF Hurricane Survival Guide

UF Emergency Kit Checklist