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Wednesday update: Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church without power


BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 31, 2012 – (8 a.m.) -- There is no power at Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, Va. All Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center classes starting before 6 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, are cancelled. All offices are closed.

The Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center Language and Culture Institute is closed Wednesday, Oct. 31. All classes are cancelled, all offices are closed.

All other Virginia Tech locations in the National Capital Region have electrical power and are operating on a normal schedule.

Tuesday update: Blacksburg campus will be open Oct. 30; several facilities across state to be closed

BLACKSBURG, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30 (11:45 a.m.) -- The following Virginia Cooperative Extension Offices are closed:

  • Accomack Extension Office
  • Alexandria Extension Office
  • Arlington Extension Office
  • Bath Extension Office
  • Bland Extension Office (open ant noon)
  • Buchanan Extension Office
  • Clarke Extension Office
  • Craig Extension Office
  • Culpeper Extension Office
  • Dickenson Extension Office
  • Fairfax Extension Office
  • Fauquier Extension Office
  • Frederick (open at 10; no phones)
  • Greene Extension Office
  • Highland Extension Office
  • Lancaster Extension Office
  • Loudoun Extension Office
  • Northampton Extension Office
  • Northumberland Extension Office
  • Page Extension Office
  • Rappahannock Extension Office
  • Richmond City Extension Office
  • Smythe Extension Office
  • Tazewell Extension Office
  • Westmorland Extension Office
  • Wise Extension Office

(3 a.m.) The Virginia Tech Blacksburg campus will be OPEN on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

However, due to conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy, the following Virginia Tech facilities will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 30:

  • Virginia Tech Richmond Center (all classes canceled)
  • Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center (all classes canceled)
  • The Virginia Tech Graduate School, Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church
  • Virginia Tech Research Center—Arlington

The following Agriculture Research and Extension Centers are closed due to weather:

  • Tidewater AREC is OPEN on Tuesday (correction to earlier post)
  • Hampton Roads AREC
  • Eastern Shore AREC

The following Virginia Cooperative Extension Offices are closed:

  • Amelia Extension Office
  • Powhatan Extension Office
  • Dinwiddie Extension Office
  • Prince Edward Extension Office
  • Greene County Extension Office (due to weather / power outage)
  • Northumberland County Extension Office (due to weather / hazardous conditions)
  • Lancaster County Extension Office ((due to weather / hazardous conditions)

Sunday update: Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus will be open on Monday, Oct. 29

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sunday, Oct. 28 (10 p.m.) -- Virginia Tech will be open on Monday Oct. 29. Classes and offices operate per normal schedule for the Blacksburg campus.

University leadership received an order from Gov. McDonnell to close all executive offices.  Subsequent to our sending VT Alerts, state government leaders clarified that the Virginia governor's executive order was not intended for colleges and universities.  We will make decisions concerning university status based on local conditions.  We apologize for the confusion.

Please note that the Hampton Roads campus will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29, due to conditions in the Tidewater region.

Sunday morning update

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sunday, Oct. 28 (7:30 a.m.) -- Hurricane Sandy is expected to parallel the southeast coast of the United States over the next couple of days, moving in a general northeast direction. It is believed the storm will come onshore somewhere along the Delaware coast in late Monday night to early Tuesday morning. Sandy currently has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph with higher gusts.  

However, the most remarkable statistic associated with this particular storm is its size, particularly the size of the wind field. Tropical storm force winds (39 miles per hour or above) extend outward from the center up to a distance of 450 miles. Thus a prolonged period of strong winds can be expected over much of Virginia, even areas well inland, beginning as early as Sunday.

Virginia Tech prepares for Hurricane Sandy

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 26, 2012, (8 p.m.) -- Hurricane Sandy is projected to impact the mid-Atlantic and northeastern portions of the United States early next week. It appears likely that Hurricane Sandy will begin to influence the weather in Virginia as early as Saturday. 

There is still considerable disagreement in the forecast models as to the exact future trajectory of this system. However, Sandy is a very large storm and it is likely that Virginia, especially areas east of the I-95 corridor, will be impacted.

Virginia Tech has satellite facilities in the Hampton Roads, Richmond, and National Capital Regions that may be affected by the storm. While Sandy is still a few days out, people in those areas along and east of Interstate 95 should closely monitor local media and the National Weather Service for the latest updates.

This hurricane should serve as a reminder to the Virginia Tech community to review and assess their personal preparedness and emergency plans. The Office of Emergency Management recommends that you:

  • Stay tuned to local media for storm information.
  • Follow directions issued by local authorities. If you are along the coast, know the evacuation routes.
  • Top off your car’s gas tank.
  • Fully charge your cell phone.
  • Have cash available for emergencies.
  • Inventory your family emergency kit. For details on kit contents, see www.readyvirginia.gov.
  • Make sure to have prescriptions filled; necessary items for elderly, babies and children; and provisions for pets.
  • Review shelter-in-place protocols.

For more information, please email Office of Emergency Management, call (540) 231-2438, or visit the following sites: