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Hurricane Irma Updates

This page will be updated as new information comes in.

Citrus growers with questions about hurricane recovery practices are encouraged to call the 
UF/IFAS Citrus Growers’ Hotline (863-956-8611)

The University of Florida was closed Friday, September 8, through Tuesday, September 12. Please see below for closings of statewide offices and facilities.


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Closings – As of Sept. 14, 9:55 a.m.

University of Florida – closed Friday through Tuesday. Please see below for closings of statewide offices and facilities. Most UF/IFAS Extension county offices are still closed as of Tuesday, Sept. 12, and will be assessing their situation on a day-to-day basis. Though many UF/IFAS Extension offices are still closed, faculty are out in the field or in shelters working to help residents affected by Hurricane Irma. Please contact your local office for more information.

UF/IFAS Research and Education Centers
  • Tropical REC – closed Thursday and Friday
  • Fort Lauderdale REC – closed 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • Indian River REC – closed 5 p.m.Thursday and Friday
  • Everglades REC – closed 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • Florida Medical Entomology Lab – closed 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • Southwest Florida REC – closed 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • Hastings Agricultural Extension Center – closed Monday
  • Gulf Coast REC – closed Friday
UF/IFAS Extension county offices
  • Monroe – closed, faculty have evacuated
  • Miami-Dade – closed 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • Broward – closed Thursday and Friday
  • Palm Beach – closed 3 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday
  • Martin – closed Friday thru Monday
  • Hendry – closed Thursday and Friday
  • Glades – closed 5 p.m. today, possibly through Monday
  •  Seminole Tribe – working through Friday, back weather permitting Monday/Tuesday
  • Okeechobee – closed 5 p.m. today
  • Highlands – The county has all offices open at this time, will update as they become aware.
  • St. Lucie – closed Thursday and Friday
  • Indian River – closed Friday and Monday
  • Brevard – closed Friday
  • Collier – closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Lee – closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Charlotte – closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Manatee – closed at noon Thursday and Friday.
  • St. Johns – closed Monday
  • Desoto – closed Friday
  • Hillsborough – closed Friday and Monday
  • Polk – closed Monday
  • Collier – closed Monday and Tuesday

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  3. A tour of storm damage in the heavily wooded Orange Park area revealed that about 95% of the downed trees were laurel oaks (often mis-identified as the less common water oak which has similar properties). There was almost no damage to the much stronger live oaks and few other species came down.

    Laurel oaks, especially large, old ones, are much more susceptible to storm damage than most other large trees and homeowners should be aware of this. They are prone to breaking off in any part of the trunk, have weak root systems and easily shed branches in strong wind. They are very heavy and can do a lot of damage. Even worse, they are subject to internal rot in the roots, trunk and branches which often remains invisible until the tree breaks off or comes down. They are prone to rot in the roots and hollowing in the stump that can result in the tree falling down even in the absence of wind. I had one large tree and several large limbs come down that way and have seen others fall with no wind.

    Homeowners take heed.

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