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Internet2 Monitoring Hurricane Dorian

Aug 28, 2019, by Chris Wilkinson
Tags: Frontpage News, Higher Education, Internet2 Member, Internet2 Network, Regional Networks, Research & Education Networks

Last Updated September 4, 2019 8:00 AM ET

Internet2 continues to monitor Hurricane Dorian and will do so until the danger of damaging effects has dissipated.

The National Hurricane Center advisory issued today at  5 a.m. ET indicates that Dorian is moving toward the north-northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h). A turn toward the north is forecast by this evening, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast on Thursday morning.

The forecast discussion from 5 a.m. ET additionally notes that Dorian is expected to accelerate after its turn to the north-northewst. The track prediction takes Dorian dangerously close to the southeast U.S. coast. All interests from northeast Florida to the Carolinas should remain vigilant to the possibility of experiencing destructive winds, flooding rains, and life-threatening storm surges from this hurricane.

The map below demonstrates where peak rainfall potentially overlays with Internet2 and its members' infrastructure in the landfall zone:

Last Updated September 1, 2019 8:30 AM ET

Internet2 continues to monitor Hurricane Dorian and will continue to do so until the danger of damaging effects has dissipated.

The National Hurricane Center advisory issued today at 8 a.m. ET indicates that Dorian is now a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale and is moving toward the west near 8 mph (13 km/h). Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days. The forecast discussion from 5 a.m. ET cautions that "although the official track forecast does not show landfall, users should not focus on the exact track since a Florida landfall is still a distinct possibility."

The map below demonstrates where peak rainfall potentially overlays with Internet2 and its members' infrastructure in the landfall zone:

Last Updated August 30, 2019 11:35 AM ET

Internet2 is actively preparing for the potential impacts of Hurricane Dorian and its expected landfall in Florida. We will be monitoring the progress of the storm as it develops and until the danger of additional damaging effects has dissipated. The map below demonstrates where peak rainfall potentially overlays with Internet2 and its members' infrastructure in the landfall zone:

The National Hurricane Center advisory issued today at 11 a.m. ET indicates that Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h). A slower west-northwestward to westward motion should begin tonight and continue into early next week. On this track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today and tomorrow, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and be near the Florida peninsula late Monday

Last Updated August 28, 2019 3:00 PM ET

The National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storm Dorian to a hurricane as of the 2 p.m. ET advisory on Wednesday, August 28. The center's current predictions show Dorian hitting Florida's coast late Sunday or early Monday and is expected to become a major hurricane (Category 3 and above). According to the National Hurricane Center, a Category 3 storm can cause significant destruction with winds between 111-129 miles per hour. 

Image Courtesy NOAA

The Internet2 NOC is actively monitoring and managing network services in anticipation of potential impact and reduced resiliency along the East Coast. An internal NOC ticket has been opened, PRB0043301, to track all hurricane-related activities and to provide a tie-back for member tickets opened as a result of the potential hurricane impacts. 

The Internet2 NOC is reachable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year:

Considering the strength of this storm and the amount of projected rainfall, it is possible we will see service impacts along our southern path between Atlanta and Pensacola via Jacksonville on Florida’s East Coast. An outage along this path may result in substantial traffic being rerouted through our fiber path between Nashville and Houston. Internet2 will work diligently with our partners to restore any impacted services as soon as it is safe to do so. 

We encourage all of our members and partners in the region to please take all appropriate precautions and make any necessary preparations. As the weather can be unpredictable, we will continue to monitor the progress of the hurricane as it develops and until the danger of additional damaging effects has dissipated. We will update this page as information changes or becomes available. 

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