UPDATED OCTOBER 29 3:24 P.M.
The Randolph College Incident Management Team continues to monitor weather conditions and forecasts for the Lynchburg and surrounding areas. While Hurricane Sandy has the potential to significantly impact other areas of Virginia and states along the East Coast, the storm is not expected to cause major concern for our area. However, the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until midnight Tuesday and there potential for strong wind gusts which could cause downed trees and power outages.
At this point, there are no plans to cancel or delay classes.
OCTOBER 29 11:44 A.M.
Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, which is anticipated to affect the state and much of the East Coast over the next few days. As of this time, the hurricane is not expected to cause great concern for the Lynchburg area. However, the National Weather Service is forecasting the potential for high winds and rain, which could lead to power outages and other damage.
Randolph College’s community has multiple communication vehicles in place in the event of an emergency situation. Should any weather related situation escalate, information, including closings or delays, will be sent via text messaging*, mass campus emails, and/or in case of power loss, hand-written notices will be prepared and posted on all residence hall entrances, and in other conspicuous locations across campus. In addition, should the College lose power, there will be places on campus powered by generators that will provide access for phone charging and other needs. The location of these spaces will be communicated by the above methods should the need arise.
As always, we encourage you to stay aware and alert of the weather conditions outside and to keep up-to-date with the latest College communications through one of the available communication methods.
*If you have not already done so, you may sign up to receive free Randolph Alerts on a cell or iPhone here: http://web.randolphcollege.edu/security/emergency_alerts.asp.
More information about the storm is located: http://www.weather.gov/ http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ http://www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=1473