UNCW Alert: University Monitoring Tropical Storm Emily

Monday, July 31, 2017

UNCW is monitoring Tropical Storm Emily in partnership with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, N.C. The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida named the latest tropical storm “Emily,” which formed early this morning in the Gulf of Mexico near St. Petersburg, Florida. The storm is expected to cross over Florida and exit Florida close to Brevard County, moving into the Atlantic Ocean. The official track from the National Hurricane Center keeps the center of the storm well off the North Carolina coast on Wednesday, Aug. 2. Overall, local impacts are expected to be minimal, but there is an increased risk of rip currents. See how to escape from a rip current (.pdf link).

The Environmental Health & Safety Department will continue to work with local, state and federal agencies to track the storm’s progress, and additional information will be shared with the campus community as warranted. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, but preparing for potential severe weather and other emergencies is a year-round priority at UNCW. UNCW students, faculty and staff should be familiar with campus emergency procedures and communications and have personal preparedness plans.

Students, faculty and staff may also sign up to receive emergency text messages.

To receive emergency notifications on your phone:
Log into mySeaPort.
Click “Register to Receive UNCW Emergency Texts” in the left-hand navigation.
Provide/update your personal information.
Click “Submit.”
To discontinue emergency notifications:
Reply “STOP UNCW” to the test message. To remove your phone number and/or email address from the emergency list, send a request to

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