UM moves classes online in anticipation of Tropical Storm Nicole

Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to make landfall late Wednesday and could strengthen to a category 1 hurricane. Photo credit: The National Hurricane Center

The University of Miami released a statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing that all classes and campus operations across the Coral Gables and Marine campuses will move online, beginning at 12 a.m. Wednesday through the end of day.

On Monday at approximately 12 p.m., UM addressed the presence of a strong tropical storm forming near the Bahamas.

“The University of Miami is monitoring Subtropical Storm Nicole which has maximum winds of 45 mph and is currently located approximately 650 miles east of Miami-Dade County. Ensuring the University community is both safe and informed are top priorities as we continue to monitor the storm,” said News@TheU.

While the strongest winds from the storm are expected to remain north of the area, there exists the possibility of heavy rainfall and gusty winds through Wednesday.

“I think it was a smart decision on the university’s part to cancel classes before the storm hit as opposed to what they did last time,” said junior marine affairs major Kiera Fielding. “It guarantees that students who live far away from campus do not put themselves in danger or miss class due to excessive flooding and poor visibility.”

Students can view more information about university operations on Wednesday and stay up-to-date on future communications at UM Messages.