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Potential tropical storm

The Emergency Management Team sent the following messages to the campus community Aug. 28-29, 2017 - Ed.

Aug. 29, 2017

Dear William & Mary community –

As you can tell by the steady rain today, a heavy storm is upon us. The Emergency Management Team continues to monitor its potential impacts. Rainfall is expected for most of the remainder of the day and this evening. The National Weather Service has increased the rain total anticipated in the Williamsburg area to three plus inches.

This revised rain forecast, combined with the wind that is expected, could cause some damage to trees and increases the likelihood for power outages. Facilities management continues to work making sure drains are clear and is monitoring areas prone to flooding but please use caution as you move around campus.

If we lose power, check the university website on your mobile phone, laptop or other battery operated internet accessible device for updates. If there is a loss of power, DO NOT USE CANDLES OR GAS POWERED APPLIANCES. In the event of a power outage of a long duration the ID access system will not work. Residence Life staff will provide instructions regarding access.

The EMT will continue to monitor the progress of the storm and will update the campus community as necessary.

Should additional updates be necessary, we will continue to communicate through the university's mass notification system. You can also receive notifications by following W&M News on Facebook - or Twitter - or by using the W&M mobile app.

Sam Jones, Chair
William & Mary Emergency Management Team

Aug. 28, 2017

Dear William & Mary community,

The Emergency Management Team is closely monitoring the status of a storm forecast to make its way up the east coast tonight and tomorrow.

The system, not yet a named storm, is predicted to make initial landfall in Georgia and then come up the coast to North Carolina before heading east out to sea. At this time, no warnings or watches have been issued for our area. The latest update from the National Weather Service indicates that Virginia is expected to see rainfall and gusting wind.

Although the storm is not expected to have a significant impact on Hampton Roads, the university has begun preparing campus as a precaution. The Williamsburg area may see an inch of rain from Monday night into Tuesday and wind gusts of about 35 mph. The EMT will continue to monitor the progress of the storm and will update the campus community as necessary.

The EMT communicates emergency messages through the university’s mass notification system, RAVE. If you have not yet enrolled in the university’s mass notification system, please do so through Banner self-service. You may also update your personal information through the free W&M mobile app ( In addition to campus email, text, landline and cell phone, you can also receive emergency messages by following the W&M News Facebook ( and W&M News Twitter ( pages as well as through the W&M mobile app.

Sam Jones, Chair
Emergency Management Team