FSU's Civic Center opens as shelter for off-campus students, staff

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By: Katie Kaplan | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 10, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Hurricane Michael has brought campus life to a halt. Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College have suspended normal operations ahead of the storm.

On Tuesday night, some FSU students and faculty were hunkering down in the bowels of the Civic Center. The doors opened at 9:00 p.m. and were locked around midnight. Between those few hours, there was a steady stream of people checking in.

The facility is for those who live off-campus and did not feel safe riding out the storm in their homes. A representative for the university said they did not know exactly how many people were expected, but in a previous situation they sheltered about 100.

Several officers checked belongings before those seeking shelter were allowed down an escalator to the basement. Our cameras were not allowed downstairs, but we caught up with FSU President John Thrasher after he toured the facility.

He said people were relaxing and ready to hunker down.

“Some of them haven’t gone through hurricanes before and I understand that,” he said. “We closed the school down as a precaution to stay safe.”

The FSU Police Department is monitoring the rest of the campus, working 12-hour shifts. Everyone inside the Civic Center will be kept there until the storm passes and the all clear is given.

The shelter will be accepting people until 12:00 p.m. Wednesday.

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