October 28, 2012

A recent satellite image of Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy: NOAA-NASA GOES Project

 

By Andy Hirsch

UPDATED on Oct. 30 at 8:29 a.m.

The Bucknell University Emergency Management Team met this morning to discuss the continuing effects of Sandy, which has been downgraded to post-tropical cyclone. After reviewing the conditions on campus, and reports from various weather and government agencies, the University decided to to reopen campus and resume a normal schedule beginning at noon today (Tuesday). 

"We are glad to report that the campus is almost entirely unscathed by storm damage, power outages in our area are at a minimum, and the wind and rain today are not expected to be dangerous," Bucknell President John Bravman said. "As a result, and recognizing the tremendous impact on course schedules otherwise, we have determined that effective at noon today, campus will re-open. At that time, classes will resume as normal and all offices will return to normal operations." || Read President Bravman's latest email update.

High winds did knock over a large tree in the Grove. As a precaution, the Grove will remain closed until further notice.|| See storm photos from around campus

The National Weather Service cancelled its high wind warning for the Lewisburg area, but a high wind advisory remains in effect. Sustained Winds speeds of 15 to 20 mph are expected, with gusts reaching up to 45 mph.

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UPDATED on Oct. 29 at 11:53 a.m.

After a meeting of the Bucknell University Emergency Management Team, University leaders have made the decision to cancel all classes and close campus beginning at 2 p.m. Monday through at least noon Tuesday. All University events scheduled for Monday evening have been cancelled.

"We are committed to keeping everyone at the University safe. We made this decision based on the weather risks that are expected to hit campus this afternoon from a storm that forecasters are calling unprecedented," said Bucknell President John Bravman. "The decision to close will allow our faculty and staff to get home safely and for our students to stay inside and out of harm's way."

Read President Bravman's email to campus regarding the closing || Other important details on Hurricane Sandy's impact

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch and a high wind warning for the Lewisburg area, with wind gusts expected to reach above 60 mph. Because of the risks of high winds and limbs falling from trees, University officials are urging everyone to avoid the Grove from now until at least noon tomorrow.

By tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., based on the most up-to-date information available, the University Emergency Management Team will decide if classes and other University activities scheduled after noon tomorrow will proceed. The latest information will be available on the University's Facebook page, Twitter account and Emergency Blog.

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Hurricane Sandy will soon begin impacting the Lewisburg area, with the National Weather Service predicting heavy rain and strong winds throughout the day on Monday. Lewisburg will be under a high wind warning beginning Monday at noon through Tuesday at 2 p.m. || National Weather Service updates on Sandy.

The University will be open and operate on a normal schedule Monday, with emergency officials keeping a close eye on the storm.

"We are monitoring the storm closely, are assuring the preparedness of all campus systems, and will be sending you campus alerts about precautions you should take to keep yourself safe as the storm begins to impact this area," said Bucknell President John Bravman. "We urge you to remain informed about this evolving weather situation and to keep yourself and others safe as this serious storm progresses."

The University will continue to send updates on the storm as the situation warrants. Alerts will be posted to the University's Facebook page and Twitter account. The University Switchboard will remain open Monday night to help handle any potential emergencies situations.

Contact: Division of Communication

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