William Peace University Update on Hurricane Irma – 9.10.17

September 10, 2017

William Peace University Update on Hurricane Irma

According to the National Weather Service report, Hurricane Irma will track well to the southwest of the area Monday through Tuesday. However, bands of moderate to heavy rain around the edge of its circulation will pass through central North Carolina, bringing rainfall amounts of around 1 ½ inches, with locally higher totals. Isolated flooding of streams and in urban and poor drainage areas are possible Monday into Tuesday. Also, winds will increase from the northeast starting early Monday morning, and continuing until Tuesday morning. Sustained speeds of 15 to 20 mph are expected, with frequent gusts to 25 to 30 mph. This may knock down tree branches and toss around outdoor objects.

WPU classes will be held on Monday, as scheduled, unless the hurricane changes course and threatens us more directly.  The Emergency Response Group will continue to monitor Irma’s path and Public Safety will provide updates if the forecast changes.

Should an emergency arise on campus, Public Safety will notify you through:

Please also remember to continue to check for forecast changes and if the storm tracks toward the Raleigh area:

  • Stay indoors and off the roads
  • Stay away from windows and doors
  • Move your vehicles to Main Parking Lot
  • Unplug electronic equipment
  • Keep your telephones charged
  • Remain inside until “all clear” is given
  • Do not use elevators during the storm; you can get trapped if electricity goes out
  • Watch out for falling branches
  • If you are advised to evacuate, the Area Coordinator and Public Safety will guide you
  • The Hermann Athletics Center is the designated Area Of Refuse (AOR); Kenan Recital Hall is the secondary AOR
  • If power is lost contact Public Safety
  • If power is lost, unplug all electrical items (computer etc.) to prevent damage from power surge when service resumes

Please stay tuned as we continue to monitor conditions.