Classes and Activities to Resume Monday
October 4, 2015 - 11:30 a.m.
On Monday, classes and University-related activities are scheduled to resume as normal. Salisbury University’s Emergency Preparedness Team will continue to monitor Hurricane Joaquin and travel conditions in our area.
Although the National Weather Service (NWS) predicts rain ending by Monday evening, flooding remains an issue in coastal and low-lying areas. Stronger-than-normal winds also are forecast through today. Members of the campus community are urged to continue using extra caution while driving.
For the latest on the weather online, visit the NWS website at www.nws.noaa.gov and the Weather Channel at www.weather.com. Thank you for your patience during a challenging and unpredictable nor’easter and hurricane!
October 3, 2015 - 2:15 p.m.
The National Weather Service has extended flood warnings for Wicomico and other counties in Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey until 6 a.m. Monday. The State of Emergency declared by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan remains in effect for 15 counties, including Wicomico. In light of the potential dangers associated with flooding on roads and other low-lying areas, all events at Salisbury University have been canceled through the weekend, including athletic competitions at home and those where student athletes would be required to travel. The safety of all remains the primary concern.
Please use the utmost caution when driving. Check media, the SU website and Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates about the storms and University operations. For the latest on the weather online, visit the National Weather Service website at www.nws.noaa.gov and the Weather Channel at www.weather.com.
October 3, 2015 - 11 a.m.
The Salisbury University Police Department received the following weather update from the Wicomico County Department of Emergency Services:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FOR WICOMICO COUNTY UNTIL 6 AM MONDAY.
* LOCATION: LOCATIONS ALONG THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND TIDAL RIVERS OF THE LOWER MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE.
* TIMING: WITHIN A FEW HOURS EITHER SIDE OF HIGH TIDE THROUGH EARLY MONDAY. THE HIGHEST WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED WITH THE HIGH TIDE CYCLES SUNDAY & MONDAY MORNING. STORM SURGE OF 1 ½’ T0 2’ LIKELY.
|SATURDAY 10/3/15||8:36 PM||7:41 PM|
|SUNDAY 10/4/15||9:05 AM**
|MONDAY 10/5/15||10:14 AM**||9:19 AM**|
* IMPACTS: INUNDATION OF WATER IN AND NEAR LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS COULD LEAD TO ROAD CLOSURES AND FLOODING OF PROPERTY.
A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT MODERATE FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR IMMINENT.** COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD BE ALERT FOR RISING WATER AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. IN ADDITION THE COMBINATION OF HIGH WATER AND HIGH WAVES WILL RESULT IN BEACH EROSION AND DAMAGE TO DOCKS AND PIERS IN LOCATIONS EXPOSED TO HIGH WATER AND WAVE ACTION.
Wicomico County Department of Emergency Services (DES)
The DES is continuing to monitor the situation in conjunction with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the National Weather Service. Additional Weather Bulletins will be issued if warranted.
October 2, 2015 - 5 p.m.
Currently, Hurricane Joaquin is forecasted to move away from the U.S.; however, heavy rains and flooding are expected across parts of the mid-Atlantic. In Wicomico County and much of the Lower Eastern Shore, a coastal flood advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Saturday and a flood watch until tomorrow evening.
Safety should remain a priority. Please exert extra caution during this period, especially as saturated soils and winds may result in falling trees and poles, and subsequent potential power outages. Water also can pool on roads and other paved surfaces, leading to unsafe driving conditions. Those traveling off campus should monitor the weather and any bridge or road closures, and make sure others know of their estimated time of arrival. Law enforcement officials are encouraging drivers to avoid flooded roadways, be aware of wind conditions on bridges and at higher elevations, travel at slower speeds and allow for greater stopping distances to take into account wet roadways.
Liberal leave remains in effect this evening for non-essential personnel.
All weekend activities at the University have been canceled. The Gull’s Nest and Cool Beans will be closed this evening through Sunday. The Gull Card Office will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Weekend shuttle and SafeRide services have been canceled, as well. The Commons, Blackwell Library, Guerrieri University Center, Maggs Physical Activities Center, University Fitness Center and computer labs will remain open during normal operating hours.
Coastal and low-lying areas on the Lower Eastern Shore may continue to experience flooding through the weekend. The National Weather Service predicts an additional 1.5 inches of rain to fall in the area from this evening through Sunday. Winds up to 25 mph, with gusts up to 36 mph, also are forecasted during that time.
Please continue to follow the media, and check the SU website and Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates about the storms and University operations. For the latest on the weather online, visit the National Weather Service website at www.nws.noaa.gov and the Weather Channel at www.weather.com.
October 2, 2015 - 11:45 a.m.
Salisbury University remains open today; however, classes and all other University-related activities are canceled beginning at noon. Offices will remain open during regular business hours. Liberal leave is in effect for non-essential personnel during the afternoon and evening as the area continues to feel the impact of the nor’easter.
Though most forecast models now show the cone of Hurricane Joaquin heading into the Atlantic Ocean, away from the East Coast, the National Weather Service has advised that changes in the hurricane’s projected path still could result in increased rainfall and wind this weekend and early next week.
Current forecasts predict 2-3 inches of rain in the Wicomico County area through Saturday, with sustained winds from 15-35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Showers and wind are possible throughout the weekend. All previous weather advisories remain in effect, including a flood watch until 8 p.m. Saturday.
All campus events scheduled throughout the weekend have been canceled. These include tonight’s performance of Colorful China, Saturday’s Sea Gull Century and Sunday’s Salisbury Film Society screening of Timbuktu. SU Art Galleries will close for the weekend. Conferences and meetings on campus also are canceled. For a full list of athletics cancellations, visit http://www.suseagulls.com/news/2015-16/cancellations.
The Commons, Blackwell Library, Guerrieri University Center, Maggs Physical Activities Center, University Fitness Center and computer labs will remain open during normal operating hours. The Gull Card Office, Gull's Nest and Cool Beans will be closed Saturday and Sunday.
SU’s Emergency Preparedness Team continues to monitor the progress of the nor’easter and Hurricane Joaquin. Please continue to follow the media, and check the SU website and Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates about the storms and University operations.
October 1, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
University offices are currently scheduled to remain open during normal business hours tomorrow; however, liberal leave is in effect for non-essential personnel during the afternoon and evening. Should conditions worsen, this may change.
All campus events, including athletic competitions involving SU teams playing at home or away, scheduled throughout the weekend have been canceled.
Safety is the University’s first priority. Residence halls will remain open for those wishing to stay on campus. Some students may be required to change their location temporarily, depending on the severity and impacts of the storm.
Students choosing to return home are urged to leave promptly after classes and to carefully monitor driving conditions for roads, bridges and overpasses. Students who may need to leave early Friday morning should check with their faculty regarding course expectations and assignments. Generally, faculty will be accommodating given the unusual nature of this weather event.
The Commons, Blackwell Library, Guerrieri University Center, University Fitness Center and some computer labs will remain open, although hours may be curtailed. More information will be forthcoming on Friday.
SU’s Emergency Preparedness Team continues to monitor the progress of Hurricane Joaquin, which may impact our area from Sunday into Monday, according to current forecasts.
The hurricane’s path is still uncertain. The most recent forecasts do not indicate that the storm will make landfall in Maryland. Nonetheless, it may produce damaging winds and rain, and flooding is likely. All previous weather advisories related to the nor’easter and Hurricane Joaquin remain in effect.
Students are urged to work cooperatively with campus and local officials. Please continue to follow the media, and check the SU website and Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates about the storms and University operations.
October 1, 2015 - 2:30 p.m.
SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University’s Emergency Preparedness Team continues to monitor the nor’easter forecasted for the Delmarva Peninsula tonight through Saturday, as well as the progress of Hurricane Joaquin.
SU has been in close communication with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency regarding these two potential weather events in the region. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood watch for portions of the peninsula through Saturday evening, with 4-7 inches of rain forecasted. Winds up to 35 mph are predicted on Saturday.
There also is a hazardous weather outlook for the mid-Atlantic for the possible impacts of Hurricane Joaquin, including additional flooding, heavy rain and wind. The exact track of the hurricane along the East Coast remains uncertain. Current forecasts indicate it may impact the Eastern Shore in some way from Sunday into Monday.
All previous wind and flooding advisories remain in effect. Please continue to check the SU website, and Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates about the storms and University operations.
October 1, 2015 - 9:45 a.m.
SALISBURY, MD---The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood watch for the Delmarva Peninsula and surrounding areas from 8 p.m. Thursday, October 1, through Saturday evening, October 3.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Flooding is especially likely in low-lying, poor-draining areas, the NWS said. Stream and rivers levels also are expected to rise.
All previous wind and flooding advisories remain in effect. Please continue to check the SU website for updates and any closings or cancellations.
September 30, 2015 - 5 p.m.
SALISBURY, MD---The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the Delmarva Peninsula and surrounding areas, forecasting 7-10 or more inches of rain in Wicomico County through Sunday.
Widespread, significant inland flooding is likely starting Friday night, continuing through the weekend. There is a potential for major river flooding, depending on the exact amount of rainfall. Though it is too early to determine the exact areas that will be affected, flooding is expected to cover a large area.
Tidal flooding is predicted to be moderate to major, possibly lasting through multiple high tides. Minor coastal flooding is expected late Thursday, with moderate to major flooding late Friday through Sunday.
According to the NWS, winds will gradually increase Friday, reaching 22 mph, with gusts up to 33 mph. Wind speeds and coastal flooding could increase over the weekend, depending on the actual track and intensity of Hurricane Joaquin. The hurricane’s path is not expected to be clear until later this week.
Salisbury University’s Emergency Preparedness Team, working with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and Wicomico County Emergency Services, is monitoring the storms. Please continue to check the SU website for updates and any closings or cancellations.