Wednesday Work Update
Sept. 3, 11:30 a.m. (via Ed Bielarski)
GRU will reopen to the public on Wednesday, 9/4/2019. All GRU employees should report to work as a normal Blue Sky workday unless directed to do otherwise by their Gray Sky supervisor.
Tuesday Work Update
Sept. 3, 9:30 a.m. (Via Tom Brown)
GRU is closed to the public on Tuesday, 9/3/2019. All GRU employees should have reported to work as a normal Blue Sky workday unless directed to do otherwise by their Gray Sky supervisor.
Weather Update (5 p.m.)
Sept. 2 @ 7 p.m.
The most significant storm conditions are expected Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. Gainesville is currently outside the expected zone for sustained tropical storm force winds, but could still see winds gusting above that level.
- Local rain forecast is 1½ - 2 inches through Thursday
- Local Public Schools and most City offices are closed Tuesday
- Alachua County Public Schools announced they would be open Wednesday
Current Storm Information:
- Winds: maximum sustained winds 145 mph, gusting near 200 mph (this is still a strong Category 4 Hurricane)
- Hurricane force winds extend outwards up to 45 miles; Tropical Storm force winds extend outwards up to 150 miles
- Location: 26.8N 78.4W or about 105 miles east of West Palm Beach
- Present Movement: Stationary (NWS reporting WNW @ 1mph)
- Minimum Central Pressure: 940 mb (steady)
- Tropical Storm and Hurricane warnings are in place all along Florida’s East Coast
- Dorian is showing two eyewalls indicating it may be undergoing an eye-wall replacement cycle. This can lead to some decrease in the overall strength, but it is still a major hurricane through the time it passes the Florida coast.
- This storm will continue to be a major life-threatening storm and will need to be watched very carefully for the next couple of days as it passes our area.
- A very slow westward to west-northwestward motion should resume overnight and continue into early Tuesday with its much anticipated northwestward turn beginning Tuesday afternoon. This should be followed by a turn to the northeast Wednesday night.
- The storm should pick up forward speed Tuesday and increasing into Wednesday.
- Though the storm is forecast to parallel the Florida east coast with the eye staying offshore, only a small deviation in the track could bring stronger storm conditions onshore.
Tuesday Work Update
Sept. 2, 5:30 p.m. (Via Tom Brown)
GRU will be closed to the public on Tuesday, 9/3/2019. All GRU employees should report to work as a normal Blue Sky workday unless directed to do otherwise by their Gray Sky supervisor.
Sept. 1 @ 9:35 a.m. (via David Mcintire, Emergency Manager, GFR)
The 0800 NWSJAX briefing revealed that for the most part the forecast continues to show emphasis on the largest impact to our coastal communities. Dorian is approximately 255 miles East of West Palm Beach and is approaching the Northern Bahamas. There have been some changes to the storm itself and they include:
- Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 5 Hurricane with 160 mph sustained winds.
- Pressure is now 927 mb
- Still moving to the West at 8 mph but will slow to around 2-3 mph today as it moves through the Northern Bahamas and starts its turn to the North.
The NWSJAX office is telling us that the storm forecast has not changed much over the last 24 hours for the North Florida area. The forecasted impacts for our area include (Based on storm remaining at least 90-100 miles offshore):
- Significant Tropical Storm event for the coastal communities
- 41% chance for Tropical Storm Force winds (Gusts)
- 2% chance for Hurricane Force winds (Gusts)
- Less than 39 mph sustained winds for Gainesville area with high gusts possible.
- 1-1.5 inches of rain forecast through Thursday (On top of normal afternoon rains)
- Earliest Likely Arrival of any TS Force winds is Tuesday 8 PM with the system being offshore to our East on Wednesday during the day.
GRU Closed Tuesday
Aug., 31 2019 - 10:45 a.m.
GRU will be closed for regular business on Tuesday. Gray Sky roles still apply, so please check with your Gray Sky supervisor if you have questions about your assignments.
Aug., 30 2019 - 10:30 a.m.
Check back here for updates and employee information regarding Hurricane Dorian.
Outage Statistics - TBD
- Customers Out -
- # of Outages -
- # of Outages Restored -
- Customers Restored -