‘It’s like moving out day’: Florida State University empties ahead of Michael


Tuesday was quite for eerie students at Florida State University.

Eerie for the few that chose to stay, that is.

The FSU campus is as quiet and commotion-less as you’ll ever see it with Hurricane Michael bearing down on the Florida panhandle.

Colby Coombs, a senior who spoke to News Channel 8 via FaceTime, estimates about 75 percent of the student population left town. 

The university canceled classes for the remainder of the week due to forecasts showing Hurricane Michael could hit campus as a Category 3 storm.

“It’s like moving out day,” said Coombs, likening the exodus of students to the last day of the semester. “You see everyone loading up their cars, all my friends.”

Coombs is an out of state student from Connecticut who said staying in town was simpler, and cheaper, than spending money on a pricey airline ticket to the northeast.

“Prices just went through the roof,” explained Coombs. 

Lines of cars were seen exiting the FSU campus as late as Tuesday afternoon. 

Michael is expected to make landfall on Wednesday as a major hurricane. 

“People are excited that we don’t have class, but then I see a whole lot of people scared for this,” said Coombs. “Definitely a wide range of emotions. Some people are stressed, but we’re just riding it out.”

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