Michael misses Milly
GC’s fall break was extended an extra three days in anticipation of Hurricane Michael hitting the southeast.
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, GC sent out an alert at 10:50 a.m. that fall break would be extended until Monday, Oct. 15 on Front Page. The storm was predicted to hit Milledgeville head on. However, it changed its path last minute.
Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch from 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. in Baldwin county.
Baldwin county then put a mandatory curfew in place, which lasted from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next morning, the period when the brunt of the storm was supposed to hit Milledgeville. By Thursday afternoon, however, it was sunny, and the temperature was in the 60s.
“GC decided to cancel all classes and student activities from Oct. 10 through 14 out of an abundance of caution based on the forecast track and potential impacts of the Hurricane Michael,” said Brittiny Johnson, director of public affairs. “The decision was made primarily for the safety of students to allow them to stay at home and not risk traveling during the threat of severe weather and to limit the risk of them being on campus during potential extended power outages and dangerous conditions requiring clean up and repairs after the storm.”
As a Category 4, Michael is the largest recorded hurricane to ever hit the Florida panhandle. The last hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle was Hermine (Category 1) in September 2016, and before that, the panhandle had not seen a hurricane since Dennis (Category 3) in 2005.
The storm began in the Caribbean in early October and was first monitored by the National Hurricane Center on Oct. 2. It was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane on Oct. 8 and reached max sustained winds of 145 mph.
Junior Emma Lammers, a graphic design major, had to stay in Milledgeville for Michael.
“I wasn’t able to go home because even though the school was closed, the daycare I work at wasn’t,” Lammers said. “Since they had to stay open, I had to stay in Milledgeville.
For some, the week of canceled classes affects students trying to meet with their advisers before registration.
“Academic advisers are each coordinating alternative advising arrangements that will work best for their majors,” Johnson said. “For example, some advisers may add additional evening time slots registration appointments. Some advisers have plans to do some advising sessions in classes that are common to the students in their majors. Another option is to work over email to approve student’s registration plans and then lift their holds.”
For other students, like junior Elizabeth Griffin, a nursing major, their families had to stay with them in Milledgeville.
As of today, my family still has no TV or internet and very little cell service,” Griffin said. “They came to stay with me at Arcadia last Friday [Oct. 12], but they had been without power for two days before that. They left Saturday, but water and power only came back on yesterday.”