Hurricane Sandy Information (click here for more information)
To the campus community:
Because of the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy, Paul Smith’s College will close at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.
Classes and events will be canceled for the remainder of the day at that time, and non-essential staff will be sent home. Lakeside Dining Hall will continue normal operations.
At this time, normal operations on the rest of campus are expected to resume on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Updates will be issued as conditions warrant.
Forecasters warn that Hurricane Sandy carries the threat of high winds and flooding. Power outages are possible. All members of the campus community should take proper precautions and avoid unnecessary travel during the storm. College-owned vehicles currently in use by faculty and staff and in the immediate vicinity of campus should be returned by 12:15 p.m.; no vehicle reservations will be filled for the remainder of the day.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has advised hunters and hikers to stay out of the back-country until Sandy has passed. With that in mind, the college’s Office of Campus Safety will not be issuing student-owned firearms from the campus armory until the storm is gone.
**Additional Storm Information**
At 500 am EDT... the center of Sandy was located near latitude 35.9 north... longitude 70.5 west. Sandy is moving at 15 mph and is expected to make landfall in central New Jersey this evening.
Northeast winds will increase throughout the day and peak from the east between 4 PM this afternoon and 2 am early Tuesday
morning. Winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 70 mph are
anticipated across the western slopes... northeast kingdom of Vermont and exposed higher terrain above 2000 feet. Elsewhere... winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are likely for the Champlain and Saint Lawrence valleys.
Scattered to widespread downed trees and power lines are likely...resulting in power outages. In addition... minor structural damage to poorly constructed homes or buildings is expected.
Average rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected across the southeast up-slope facing sides of the eastern Adirondacks in northern New York... and the central and southern Green Mountains in Vermont. Meanwhile... less than one inch is expected elsewhere.
No major widespread flooding is anticipated but a few rivers may approach action or minor flood stage if rainfall reaches over 2 inches.