As Hurricane Irma is set to hit shortly after the events of Hurricane Harvey, Georgia college campuses are preparing for the storm, with at least three different schools preparing to evacuate their students.
Where are the students being sent?
Students belonging to three South Georgia campuses have been evacuated in preparation for a potential strike from Hurricane Irma. The students come from from the College of Coastal Georgia, Armstrong State and Savannah State universities, three schools that would be closed on Friday due to concerns over the storms.
Officials from the University System of Georgia are currently helping the students find places to stay during the duration of the storm, which currently includes Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Georgia College & State University and Columbus State University. In total, it is believed that there are at least 15,000 students at the three schools that need to be evacuated.
Certain events that were to be held on the three campuses will also be postponed or relocated, such as a Georgia Southern University football game that was to be held on Saturday that will now be brought to Birmingham.
How are Florida schools preparing for the storm?
Eckerd College, which is based in St. Petersburg, Florida, had closed its campus this past Wednesday, also working with students to help them leave the area. The University of South Florida System later announced that it would be closed from Thursday through Sunday. Other schools in the area announced a similar closure period, including St. Petersburg College, Hillsborough Community College, Pasco Hernando State College, the University of Tampa, and Stetson University College of Law.
Some schools have also cancelled classes on the following Monday, such as USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. For some of these schools, certain areas on campus like residence halls and dining facilities will still be open, presumably for emergency situations or for students unable to leave, unless an evacuation is formally announced.
Beyond colleges, various local schools in the are had also been closed on Thursday and/or Friday, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Hernando, with Pasco closing solely on Friday.