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Internet2 Monitoring Hurricane Florence

Sep 11, 2018, by Chris Wilkinson
Tags: Frontpage News, Higher Education, Internet2 Member, Internet2 Network, Recent Posts, Research & Education Networks

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

Internet2 is monitoring Hurricane Florence. According to the National Hurricane Center, a Category 4 storm can cause significant destruction with winds between 130-156 miles per hour. As of Tuesday, Sept. 11, four states, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia, have all declared states of emergency in anticipation of the storm.

The Internet2 NOC is actively monitoring/managing network changes in anticipation of potential outages and reduced resiliency along the east coast. An internal NOC ticket has been opened (21246) to track all storm related activities and to provide a tie-back for member tickets opened as a result of the potential storm impacts.

The map below demonstrates where peak rainfall (7-day projection) potentially overlays with Internet2 and its members infrastructure in the landfall zone.

Considering the strength of this storm and the amount of projected rainfall, it is possible we will see service impacts along our eastern paths which may result in substantial traffic transiting through Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, and New York. Internet2 will work diligently with our partners to restore any impacted services as soon as it is safe to do so.

During these events, we aggregate information from local institutions, our large service providers, news media, and governmental entities such as NOAA, NHC, FEMA, etc. We also receive reports from our numerous distributed staff and partners who are in the storm’s path. This flow of information is monitored 24/7 by the Internet2 service desk at the GlobalNOC. Additionally, the operations staff is augmented by numerous technical experts and communications staff within Internet2 and Indiana University management.

We encourage all of our members and partners to please take all appropriate precautions and make any necessary preparations. As the weather can be unpredictable, we will continue to monitor the situation closely to determine what impacts may arise to our campus members and regional network partners in the storm path. We will continue to update this page as information changes or becomes available.

Our thoughts are with everyone that may be affected by Hurricane Florence.