Wilkes University is canceling classes and closing offices Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29 and 30, in anticipation of severe weather from Hurricane Sandy and because of Governor Corbett's declaration of a state of emergency. While the university is closing, there is no call for forced evacuation. Pending further notice, the university's residence halls, food services, and other key operations will remain open and operational to serve students that remain on campus. Essential staff should report to work tomorrow.
Students, faculty and staff should continue to monitor the University's website, the My Wilkes Portal, and the 408-SNOW line for updated information. This action is being taken to prevent students, faculty and staff from having to travel on roads and highways that will be impacted by the heavy rain and severe winds during at peak storm hours. This decision is being made now to give students plenty of time to decide whether to stay home or leave campus.
The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Binghamton, New York, is predicting sustained winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour starting Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening. Forecasters are also predicting a likelihood of widespread power outages and flash flooding due to the unprecedented size of the storm and its predicted landfall to the Northeastern United States.
Please remember to regularly check the University's communication channels and the news media for updates.