Photos by Alex Storer
On the evening of Monday, Sept. 11, UCF’s campus was uncharacteristically quiet and empty. The 1,400-acre university, which usually bustles with the activity of tens of thousands of students, had just been pummeled by 85-mile-per-hour winds from Hurricane Irma. The storm, which swept through the state Sunday and Monday, left more than four million Floridians without power, flooded coastal communities and impacted hundreds of thousands of people in Orange County. Although the storm weakened to a Category 1 by the time it reached UCF, it still uprooted trees, tore up foliage and broke signage throughout campus. Students return to classes Monday, Sept. 18.