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University of South Florida cancels classes until next week

University leaders announced the cancellations to give students and staff time to prepare for Ian.

TAMPA, Fla. — Classes at the University of South Florida are canceled beginning Monday through the rest of the week in advance of impacts from Hurricane Ian.

There will be no classes at the Tampa-based university until Monday, Oct. 3.

In an email sent to students and staff Monday evening, university officials said the cancellation allows "for students to make any necessary preparations or travel ahead of the storm.".

Residence halls and dining facilities on USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg remain open. Residential students will receive additional information later, USF said.

"We urge students, faculty and staff to plan carefully, follow local weather reports and monitor updates from county and state emergency management officials. The USF Hurricane Guide also serves as a valuable resource for the university community," the university said.

Ian remains forecast to become a major hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico, bringing the potential for significant impacts, including storm surge, damaging winds and flooding rainfall.

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