St. Louis, Mo., Sep 28, 2022 / 12:15 pm
Catholic schools of all levels are taking measures to keep their students safe amid the imminent arrival of Hurricane Ian, which strengthened into a Category 4 storm overnight and is expected to hit Florida’s Gulf Coast starting on Wednesday.
Ave Maria University, a Catholic college located about an hour northeast of Naples, Florida, has canceled classes through Sept. 30. Though the school is not in the direct path of the hurricane, heavy rainfall and wind are expected.
AVE STRONG— Ave Maria University (@avemariauniv) September 28, 2022
9/28 12 PM: Hurricane Ian remains cat. 4, approx. 60 mi. offshore of Naples, moving NE. AMU remains outside the “Cone of Uncertainty”. Heavy rainfall and wind will continue throughout the day. Avoid non-essential travel. Updates will continue throughout the day.
As of midday on Sept. 28, Hurricane Ian had reached Category 4 strength with winds of 155 mph, barely shy of a Category 5 rating. Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Port Charlotte are expected to be hit with major storm surges.