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Last week's flash flooding serves as a reminder that dangerous weather conditions can arise quickly.

On Friday, May 2, USF Tampa experienced some of the worst flooding ever seen on campus, due to a flash flood caused by a chain of thunderstorms that pummeled the North Tampa area with a reported 9 inches of rain in a short period of time. The rainwater, which fell faster than storm water drains could hold it, flooded parking lots and roadways. The entire Temple Terrace area was under a flash flood warning and rains resulted in extreme flooding in local neighborhoods and even the closure of Busch Gardens. Click here to see photos of the flooding’s impact on the Tampa Campus.

Thanks to the quick response from University Police, Physical Plant and Environmental Health & Safety, no flood-related injuries were reported, and most of the impacted buildings have returned to normal operations.  Despite the complications the weather posed for the day, USF was able to successfully host and honor our first group of 2014 graduates at 1:30 p.m. last Friday to kick off the Spring Commencement ceremonies held at the Sun Dome. 

The flash flooding serves as a great reminder that dangerous weather conditions can arise quickly and with little notice, so it is important to pay attention to USF’s emergency notifications. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to sign up for USF’s MoBull Messenger, which will send you emergency notifications by text message to your cell phone. Click here to sign up for MoBull and other valuable, free public safety programs available to you. During an emergency, information can also be found on the University’s main website at

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