University of the Virgin Islands Closes Campuses to Prepare for Hurricane Irma

In preparation for Hurricane Irma, a category five storm, the University of the Virgin Islands closed on Tuesday, Sept. 5, until further notice. Students residing on campus, who have permanent residences on island, are advised to return home.

University employees are advised to secure their work areas before leaving UVI by noon. Plastics and sand bags are available at Physical Plant on both campuses. Only essential employees are required to stay on campus for the storm. UVI has been preparing for the storm since Friday and will finalize storm preparation today.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. advisory, Hurricane Irma has maximum sustained winds near 175 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The UVI community is asked to be vigilant and monitor all forms of communication. Information can be found on UVI’s Emergency Preparedness webpage via this direct link: Emergency Preparedness.

Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.