An update on Tropical Depression 10

Posted: August 27, 2023

Ruskin students and colleagues,

We are continuing to monitor Tropical Depression 10, or Invest 93L, which is nearing tropical storm intensity today and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Tuesday over the Eastern Gulf of Mexico according to the National Weather Service.

The Florida Governor’s Office issued a state of emergency yesterday for 33 counties including Hillsborough County to activate weather preparations and precautions.

Weather hazards from Tropical Depression 10 are expected to include heavy rainfall that may lead to flash and urban flooding Tuesday through Thursday as well as strong winds and possible storm surge.

Floridians are encouraged to monitor weather conditions and follow orders from local officials, as well as review their disaster preparedness plans and stock their disaster supply kits for their households.

We encourage if you have not yet taken advantage of the disaster preparedness sales tax holiday to do so to prepare for the storms ahead. The tax holiday began Aug. 26 and runs until Sept. 8. More information can be found here: Fla. Dept. of Revenue Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday FAQs

The university is continuing to monitor these weather conditions and will share updates on this and any changes to classes throughout the week.

Please continue to follow local and state guidance as well as utilize university resources to assist in your preparations.


The university has prepared guides and resources that are available both on campus and digitally to support you in responding to various emergency situations on campus:

Additionally, some important emergency contacts to add to your cellphone contacts include:


For national and regional weather safety tips, we encourage you to visit the following resources: 


We highly encourage you review the following websites and download the applications and emergency alerts that seem appropriate to you.

For questions, please reach out through at