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Hurricane Michael Information

October 12, 2018 6:00 am

The University will operate according to normal schedule today, Friday, October 12.

We are working with Dominion Power to restore power to a limited number of affected buildings on campus. They are the Print Shop, facilities, stadium, law dorm, and Pacific and Atlantic House.

Towana Road between Three Chopt and Campus Drive is closed due to multiple trees and wires down. The River Road, College Road and Boatwright Drive entrances remain open.

Individuals should use their best judgment in making safe travel decisions.

October 11, 2018 3:50 pm

University officials are continuing to monitor weather conditions in our area. The University will operate according to normal schedule this evening. Any changes to individual facilities, programs, or events will be posted on this site. 

 We will monitor the course of the weather system overnight and will update the campus community as needed. Faculty, staff, and students are urged to remain attentive to developing weather conditions.

October 11, 2018 11:00 am

This morning, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch which is in effect for our area until 9 p.m. this evening.

A tornado watch is issued when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.

Students, faculty, and staff are advised to be attentive to any developing weather conditions.

 

University officials will continue to monitor the progress of the storm and will update the campus community as needed.

 

In the event of an actual emergency, messages are communicated through the university’s mass notification system. If you have not yet enrolled in the university’s mass notification system, please go to https://preparedness.richmond.edu/notification/uralert.html. Non-emergency message are communicated thru the university’s e-mail system.

October 11, 2018  6:30 am 

Weather Summary

 Tropical Storm Michael remains on the same track, which will remain southeast of us.

Rain Outlook

Heaviest rainfalls will occur between 2:00 pm today thru 5:00 am Friday morning.

Total amounts of rain approximately 4 inches for our area

 Wind Outlook

Wind gusts will begin to pick up this afternoon around 5:00 pm thru 5:00 am Friday morning.

Strongest sustained winds and gusts should be between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm this evening

Sustained winds during this period of 15-25 mph, and gusts between 30-40 mph. There is always the possibility of a couple stronger gusts.

 A flashflood watch is in effect for the Richmond area.

October 10, 2018 2:00 pm  

University officials have been closely monitoring the status of Hurricane Michael and its progress. The forecast track is holding steady at this time. Projections are that Michael will quickly track over central North Carolina and southeastern Virginia as a tropical storm on Thursday night. That means the impact to the Richmond area will be several hours of heavy rain between Thursday evening and early Friday morning.

At this time, no warnings or watches have been issued for our area. Accordingly, the University intends to operate under its current normal schedule. We will continue to monitor the progress of the storm and will update the campus community if needed.

In the event of an actual emergency, messages are communicated through the University’s mass notification system. If you have not yet enrolled in the University’s mass notification system, please go to https://preparedness.richmond.edu/notification/uralert.html. Non-emergency messages are communicated through the University’s email system.

Our thoughts remain with those who may be directly impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Contact Information

UR Police, emergency
(804) 289-8911 (911 from a campus phone)

UR Police, non-emergency
(804) 289-8715

UR Switchboard
(804) 289-8000

UR Hotline
(804) 289-8760

Outdoor Warning System

The University of Richmond (UR) has an Emergency Notification System (ENS) with multi‐channel communication capabilities.  One component of the ENS is the Outdoor Warning System (OWS).  The OWS consists of clusters of outdoor speakers centrally located on campus. It is capable of playing a recorded message or live audio from the UR Police Department Dispatcher. The system is most frequently used to alert persons outside to seek shelter indoors immediately due to an approaching tornado.

The OWS will be tested once a semester.  The timing of these tests will be announced in advance.