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Internet2 Monitoring Hurricane Michael

Posted on Oct 08, 2018 by Chris Wilkinson
Tags: Frontpage News, Internet2 Network, Research & Education Networks

Last Updated Oct 12, 2018 12:36 PM EDT

Our thoughts are with those suffering the devastating effects of Hurricane Michael. Neither The Loews Royal Pacific Resort nor the greater Orlando area has suffered any lasting effects from the hurricane and the 2018 Technology Exchange will take place as scheduled.

Last Updated Oct 11, 2018 12:22 PM EDT

As of the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Michael was centered about 35 miles south-southeast of Charlotte, N.C., with winds of 50 miles per hour. It was moving to the northeast at 23 miles per hour. The storm was expected to move across North Carolina and Virginia and push into the Atlantic Ocean by late Thursday or early Friday. We are in contact with our vendors and there are no pending concerns in the southeast that would affect the Internet2 Network.

Last Updated Oct 10, 2018 11:10 AM EDT

The National Hurricane Center is now projecting that Michael will make landfall as a Category 4 Hurricane. The worst storm surge is expected later today and tonight between Tyndall Air Force Base and Keaton Beach, where 9 to 14 feet of inundation is possible. Life-threatening hurricane-force winds will occur well inland across portions of the Florida Panhandle, southeast Alabama, and southwestern Georgia as the core of the hurricane moves inland later today and this evening.

Original Post from Oct 08, 2018

The National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storm Michael to a hurricane as of the 11 a.m. ET advisory on Monday, October 8. The category 1 storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. Michael will move into the Gulf of Mexico later today and is expected to strengthen to a major, Category 3 hurricane on Tuesday.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a Category 3 storm can cause significant destruction with winds between 111-129 miles per hour. The storm is expected to bring torrential rain, heavy winds and storm surges to many areas of Florida.

The Internet2 NOC is actively monitoring/managing network services in anticipation of potential impact and reduced resiliency along the east coast. An internal NOC ticket has been opened (21672:144) to track all storm related activities and to provide a tie-back for member tickets opened as a result of the potential storm impacts.


 Courtesy National Hurricane Center.


Considering the strength of this storm and the amount of projected rainfall, it is possible we will see service impacts along our southern path from Jacksonville, FL to Houston, TX; this may result in substantial traffic being rerouted through Atlanta 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 storm 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 Michael.