Tropical Depression 18 - Advisory 1

By UM News

Tropical Depression 18 - Advisory 1

By UM News
The University is monitoring the storm. All classes, events, and clinical activities are operating on a regular schedule.

Saturday, October 28, 3:30 p.m.

The University of Miami is closely monitoring Tropical Depression 18, which is currently located approximately  325 miles south-southwest of Miami, FL. The depression is expected to move towards South Florida, but the center is forecast to stay east of the Florida coast. Tropical Depression 18 is expected to become better organized and strengthen into Tropical Storm Phillipe later today.

South Florida will experience severe thunderstorms, gusty winds, and significant rainfall of 2-4’’ with isolated totals up to 6’’ this afternoon and evening. The worst conditions are expected between 10:00 P. M. and 2:00 A.M. The storm is expected to move past South Florida by tomorrow morning, but gusty conditions are possible through the end of the day.

The UM Crisis Decision Team will continue to actively monitor and assess the situation over the weekend. At this time, all classes, events, and clinical activities are operating on a regular schedule, and there are no plans to reschedule or curtail overall operations. However, the University community is encouraged to exercise caution if spending time outdoors today and early tomorrow.

This will be the only storm alert unless a significant shift in the storm track warrants another update.  

All members of the UM community should take steps to ensure that the University can communicate with you during an emergency. Make sure the University has your personal contact and emergency contact information.

Students: Go to Cane Link and confirm or update your emergency contact information.

Faculty and Staff: Go to Workday and confirm or update your contact information.

The University community is urged to monitor UM Emergency Management social media accounts and for interim updates. 

For additional information on how prepare for hurricanes, visit the UM Hurricane Preparedness website.

Emergency Notification Information

Faculty, staff, and students are asked to regularly monitor official communications issued by the University. When a situation warrants, mass text and voice messages and emails containing emergency information will be sent. The latest information is posted on the UM homepage and the Emergency Preparedness Web site at

Information is also available via the University’s Emergency Information Hotline at 1-800-227-0354. Emails will be sent in the form of dated Storm Alert advisories.

Campus Safety Phone Numbers

Life-Threatening Emergency at Any Campus: 911

Coral Gables Campus
UM Police Department: 305-284-6666
Facilities Work Orders: 305-284-8282

Miller School Campus
Public Safety Department: 305-243-6000
Facilities Work Orders: 305-243-6375, Option 1

Rosenstiel School Campus
Campus Safety: 305-710-7991
Facilities Work Orders: 305-421-4815