2018 Hurricane Season – Update
Hurricane season begins every year on June 1 and runs through November 30. In the Caribbean, storm activity is busiest between the months of August and October. Check this page for up-to-date information on weather events on the RUSM St. Kitts satellite campus-related announcements and closures.
ST KITTS WEATHER ALERT 7/9: The remnants of the Beryl storm system passed over Dominica but then dissipated early July 9. As of 7:30 am the storm system is west of St. Kitts. This morning the St. Kitts area experienced heavy rain, breezy conditions and thunderstorm activity associated with this weather system. We expect that moderate rainfall will continue. A shuttle service was implemented for the RUSM community to arrive safely to RUSM satellite campus today. Students are reminded to exercise caution in the inclement weather conditions.
ST KITTS WEATHER ALERT 7/7 pm: As of this evening’s weather report, Tropical Storm Beryl has weakened and now has sustained winds of 50 mph. The St. Kitts RUSM campus community should expect rain, wind and some thunderstorm activity late Sunday night into Monday morning. The St. Kitts campus is open and at this time, all campus activities remain scheduled as planned. Given anticipated flooding, a shuttle service will be implemented on Monday, July 9. We will continue to monitor the storm and update the community as soon as possible, in the event of any changes to Monday’s class schedule.
ST KITTS WEATHER ALERT 7/7: As of the most recent weather update from the National Hurricane Center, Beryl has been weakened to a tropical storm. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center. Beryl is forecasted to have maximum sustained winds of 60mph and pass over the Lesser Antilles near Dominica on Sunday night into Monday morning. Additional weakening is forecasted during the next 48 hours, especially once Beryl reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday. This could mean high winds, rain and thunderstorm activity in St. Kitts Sunday and Monday. The Campus Response Team will continue to monitor this system and follow our procedures to prepare the campus in the event of serious weather. At this time, all campus activities remain scheduled as planned.
ST KITTS WEATHER ALERT 7/7: There have been no significant changes to Hurricane Beryl, currently a Category 1 hurricane, as of July 7's 5:00 a.m. weather update. Beryl is now expected to pass slightly further south of St. Kitts than previously forecasted. Beryl while still a hurricane, has weakened slightly, now with sustained winds near 75 mph. This could mean high winds, rain and thunderstorm activity in St. Kitts Sunday and Monday.
The Campus Response Team will continue to monitor this system and follow our procedures to prepare the campus in the event of serious weather. At this time, all campus activities remain scheduled as planned.
ST KITTS WEATHER ALERT 7/6: July 6th 5 pm ET weather advisory marks Hurricane Beryl at a Category 1 storm. It is expected to strengthen Friday into Saturday before weakening into a tropical storm Sunday night into Monday morning. On the current projected path, Beryl is expected to pass about 150 miles south of St. Kitts early Monday morning.
The Campus Response Team will continue to monitor this system and follow our procedures to prepare the campus in the event of a serious weather event.
Should storm conditions intensify or warrant further updates, RUSM will notify the campus community by email, SIREN message, Twitter updates (https://twitter.com/RossMedSchool) and posts on the RUSM Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/RossMedSchool).
Contacting RUSM about a Student's Safety
In that past, RUSM has operated a hurricane hotline for family and loved ones with questions about the university's status and response plan. If the hotline is opened, we will release the phone number and call center hours on this page.
RUSM also monitors messages to our @RUSMDean email account (AskRUSMDean@rossu.edu) and our Facebook page and Twitter feed. While we may not be able to respond to every inquiry, we will do our best to answer your questions and provide you with the most up-to-date information.
In the event of a developing storm, RUSM will update this page with information about the weather system and the status of our St. Kitts campus (e.g., class cancellations, office closures, etc.). You can also check our Facebook page and Twitter feed for regular updates.