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Tropical Storm Ian

Update: Friday, September 30, 2022, 11:15 a.m.

We remain under a Tropical Storm Warning.

Employees, except for those considered essential, will be released at 1 p.m., before the worst of the winds arrive. Please be careful on your commute.  (If you are not certain whether you are considered essential staff, please check with your supervisor. Essential staff will receive overtime. Please use code FEH.)

Class changes will be at the discretion of faculty members, as those who live nearby may wish to hold class.  

Hurricane Ian is around Charleston, S.C., this morning and still headed in this direction. It likely will be weakened to a tropical storm by the time it gets here, and you can see that we already are getting rain from the outer reaches of the storm.

One improvement in the forecast is that we expect to receive 2 to 4 inches of rain, which is considerably less rain than projected yesterday.

The wind, however, is still projected to pick up soon. The wind is forecast to reach sustained speeds in excess of 30 mph – and could exceed 60 mph at times – this afternoon and this evening. You can monitor data on conditions on campus through the weather station at the Wall Academic Center.

The greatest threat remains the gusty winds and heavy rainfall.

Here’s what to do:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible during the storm, which should be fading by tomorrow morning. Please go out only when it is essential, such as class or meals.
  • Monitor weather reports and please watch your email for additional information, should it become necessary. Any college-wide change in classes will be communicated by email and the college twitter account (@DavidsonCollege), as well as this webpage.  
  • (Employees, in particular) monitor traffic reports for any possible road closures affecting your commute and avoid any hazards, such as flooded out portions of roads.

Students, if your residence hall loses power, the Alvarez College Union and Wall Academic Center will still have power. Vail Commons also has backup power so that we can serve meals. In the event of an outage, we will communicate any actions you should take.

Update: Thursday, September 29, 2022, 11:30 a.m.

The most recent forecasts for Tropical Storm Ian still show it passing through this area, though earlier than originally forecast. The storm has weakened and no longer is a hurricane.

What to expect:

  • Wind – The wind will pick up starting this afternoon. The heaviest gusts, potentially reaching tropical storm speed, are forecast for Friday afternoon and evening.
  • Rain – Rainfall is forecast tomorrow, with most of it falling by early Saturday. Total accumulation is forecast at 4 to 6 inches.

What that means:

  • The greatest safety threats on campus are from the winds on Friday and from trees potentially toppling after the ground is soaked. 

How you can help:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible during the storm, particularly on Friday. Please go out only when it is essential, such as class or meals.
  • Monitor weather reports and please watch your email for additional information, should it become necessary. Any college-wide change in classes will be communicated by email, the college twitter account (@DavidsonCollege) and this website.
  • (Employees, in particular) monitor traffic reports for any possible road closures affecting your commute and avoid any hazards, such as flooded out portions of roads. The Friday evening commute likely will be during the worst weather.

Students, if your residence hall loses power, the Alvarez Union and Wall Center will still have power in the event of an outage, and we will communicate with you about how to get meals.


Emergency Planning

As part of its comprehensive approach to protecting the college community and preparing for any emergency, Davidson has in place emergency planning protocols that include emergency response and evacuation plans, emergency communication plans, and trained building captains to assist in an emergency.

Emergency Notification (SSAFER)

Davidson's Student, Staff, and Faculty Emergency Response system, SSAFER, uses a layered notification approach to alert students, faculty and staff to emergencies and provide safety instructions via text messages, emails, voice messages, and live spoken instructions.

The system enables the college to quickly inform faculty, staff and students of an emergency, such as an armed assailant on campus, chemical spill, tornado warning and more. 

The directions communicated in a SSAFER alert supersede all other obligations, whether class or work.

Register for Emergency Notifications

Media Contact

Please direct all media inquiries to Director of Media Relations Jay Pfeifer: 704-894-2920, japfeifer@davidson.edu or 980-297-2355 (mobile).