UD suspends classes for Monday, Oct. 29 and cancels all weekend events
3:59 p.m., Oct. 26, 2012--All University of Delaware classes will be suspended for Monday, Oct. 29, and officials are strongly encouraging students to go home, departing campus as soon as possible recognizing that the weather will begin deteriorating Saturday evening.
Services will still be available for students who remain in campus residence halls, and these students must immediately complete this online form: http://www.udel.edu/reslife/hurricane.html. Students departing should be sure to close windows and secure their residences.
Also, UD-sponsored events on campus on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Oct. 27-29 are canceled. For community events on the campus, please contact the host organizations for information.
UD officials are remaining in touch with state and federal officials, monitoring the situation with Hurricane Sandy, which soon will begin to sweep up the East Coast.
University employees are expected to report on their normal schedules and should take every precaution in traveling to and from their workplaces.
UD employees should make sure their offices are secure and windows are closed and locked, and they should take precautions for any possible water damage or power outages.
Cancellations and reschedulings
The following activities are canceled or rescheduled:
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28: University Student Centers will be closed, and all events there are canceled. The Trabant Food Court and the Perkins Student Center Scrounge will not be open. (Updated at 5:07 p.m., Oct. 26.)
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28: Bleecker Street cafe in the Hugh M. Morris Library is closed. (Updated at 8:40 p.m., Oct. 26.)
Saturday, Oct. 27: 8-10 p.m. public skating session at the UD Ice Arenas is canceled. (Updated at 7 p.m., Oct. 26.)
Sunday and Monday, Oct. 28-29: All Adult League hockey games at the UD Ice Arena are canceled. (Updated at 7 p.m., Oct. 26.)
Monday, Oct. 29: Fraunhofer - Delaware Technology Summit, Clayton Hall. Plans are being made to reschedule in 2013.
Monday, Oct. 29: All Osher Lifelong Learning classes are canceled. (Updated at 12:15 p.m., Oct. 27.)
Monday, Oct. 29: Talk by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, scheduled at 12:30 p.m. in Arsht Hall in Wilmington, is canceled. (Updated at 12:15 p.m., Oct. 27.)
Monday, Oct. 29: Gore P.O.D. Express and Starbucks in Smith Hall will be closed. (Updated at 8:45 p.m., Oct. 26.)
Tuesday, Oct. 30: UD men's soccer match vs. UNCW has been rescheduled to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Delaware Mini-Stadium.
About Hurricane Sandy
According to reports from the National Weather Service, the threat from the storm continues to increase in this region.
There continues to be a growing threat of damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, record coastal flooding and record inland flooding affecting the region.
NWS anticipates that a hurricane or strong tropical storm will affect the Mid-Atlantic late this weekend into early next week.
Sandy will bring multiple dangers to this area, including:
- Strong damaging sustained winds up to or exceeding hurricane strength (74 miles per hour, with higher gusts) over a prolonged period of time (24 to 48 hours).
- Extremely heavy rainfall.
- Major flooding along streams and rivers.
- Major coastal flooding. The full moon on Oct. 29 will exacerbate the flooding.
The eventual track of this storm will determine the area that is impacted.
While Sandy could still track a little further to the north, or a little further to the south, this area will be feeling the storm’s effects one way or the other starting late this weekend (Sunday) and continuing into Tuesday of next week.
Following are online resources that may be helpful in the event of an extreme storm: