Hurricane Michael: From a FSU Student Perspective
As Hurricane Michael quickly approached the Panhandle Monday morning following a big football game weekend against the Miami Hurricanes in which many traveled down south for, students found themselves in a tough predicament. ‘Do we head back to Tallahassee into the storm?’ ‘Will school be canceled?’ ‘Where do we go if it is?’ All very viable questions. Shortly after, school was declared closed for the entire week and students were forced to make an impulsive decision on where to spend their week off. To our surprise, many students were able to act fast and set up what they liked to call ‘Spring Break pt. 2’. From cabins in the woods with the boys to a getaway trip to Miami with the girls. Here were the post popular Hurricane Michael getaway locations:
2. New Orleans
4. Parkland/Boca Raton
5. Las Vegas
Due to the impending weather, the Seminoles will be rescheduling their FSU football practices, where luckily there are no games scheduled for this weekend. Most of the team, and students of FSU, of course-won’t be in the area due to the evacuation.
However the baseball, softball and men’s basketball teams were not so lucky and had to cancel some of their scrimmages and games.
With most students returning home and traveling further inland, the on-campus housing and dining services will still be operating while the school is closed for students who are staying in Tallahassee. Students are advised to stay safe by staying indoors and avoiding windows and doors.
Quotes from students
“Spring Break came twice this year. My friends and I have always wanted to go to Vegas and when we got the email that school was out, I mentioned Vegas in what started out as a joke. 30 minutes later my ticket was purchased and we were packing our bags!” -Alexa, Junior FSU
“I was in Miami, my hometown, for the UM/FSU game but was only there for a few days and didn’t get to see my family. However, after driving half way back I got the notice of school being canceled and was able to turn around to see them for a full week.” -Michaela, Sophomore FAMU
“Honestly, I had a huge test Wednesday I was NOT ready for. Where as I do feel awful for the families in the Panhandle, Hurricane Michael was a huge break for me.” – Brian, Senior FSU
Hummingbiird will be looking for ways to provide support to those in need in the Panhandle. Feel free to reach out with any ideas!
Hurricane Michael is registered as a Category 4 storm so far, but nearing a Category 5. Meaning, the damage of property and flooding is expected, and the wind speeds of the storm are from 74 mph to 95 mph.
If this is your first hurricane and haven’t found safety with locals, but still have an internet connection, here are some links for preparing and recovering from a hurricane.
As the city prepares for the hit, we here at Hummingbiird are hoping for every student’s safety and safe return as well.
To learn more about FSU closures, updates and so on during Hurricane Michael, check out the FSU Alert page.
For students remaining on campus:
Please note, it is anticipated that the facility may lose power. Bedding, food, and drink will not be provided.
Prior to coming to the facility, students are encouraged to communicate with family and friends regarding their storm plan. (UPDATED 1:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 10, 201
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