Hurricane Campus Updates

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Antigua Met Service, ABS Television/Radio – For frequent updates on Hurricane Isaac

9/12/18 – 5:00AM

AUA family,

The 5AM forecast for now Tropical Storm Isaac is good news for Antigua.

Key Message: Isaac is expected to remain at tropical storm intensity when it moves across the Lesser Antilles on Thursday, and tropical storm warnings are in effect for Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe. Tropical storm watches are in effect for Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, and Saba and St. Eustatius. Interests on those islands should follow any advice given by their local officials.

As many of you know, a TS watch means that the potential for Tropical Force winds and conditions exists.  This differs from a TS warning in that the warning suggests that TS conditions are expected.

Classes and other academic activities are expected to continue as planned.  We are continuing to monitor conditions and updates, and will let you know if there are changes that might affect our plans.

9/11/18 – 5:00AM

The latest update on Isaac has it downgraded to a TS. This is the short version from the NHC, as of 5AM Sept 11, 2018.

  1. Isaac is expected to be at or near hurricane intensity when it approaches the Lesser Antilles. However, confidence in the forecast is lower than normal.
  2. Interests in the Lesser Antilles should continue to monitor Isaac during the next couple of days. Watches will likely be required for portions of the Lesser Antilles later today.

Deans council will meet today to discuss the academic schedule as preparations are being made to be ready for the arrival of weather Thursday and Friday.  Most of the inclement weather is expected south of Antigua, but we will be prepared. At this point, we are confident that students, faculty and staff will be safe sheltering in place.

9/10/18 – 8:34AM

I’ve heard a few rumblings of concern regarding hurricane Isaac. Please be assured that we’re tracking it and are prepared for its arrival. As of now, the closest approach is estimated to be approximately 115 miles south of us on Thursday evening (below).

Also, as of now, classes are going to go on as scheduled. I’ll be meeting with the Dean’s Council in the morning and we will continue to monitor the situation. Should we decide we need to cancel classes, this will likely be announced on Wednesday morning. I encourage all of you to read the hurricane preparedness materials sent out last week and prepare ahead of time. As you know, this is not our first hurricane nor will it be our last. Be smart and be safe.