9/13 WEATHER UPDATE | Per the National Hurricane Center’s September 13, 2018 5 p.m. AST report, the Tropical Storm Watch for St. Kitts has been lifted, meaning that tropical storm conditions are no longer in effect. The RUSM St. Kitts campus will reopen on Friday, September 14 and classes will resume as scheduled. Students should continue to use caution in areas where flooding may occur and in or near the water.
9.12 WEATHER ALERT | RUSM’s Campus Response Team has been closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac. Currently, St. Kitts is under a Tropical Storm Watch, which means Tropical Storm conditions are possible within the next 24-36 hours. RUSM is CLOSING the St. Kitts satellite campus on Thursday, Sept. 13 as a safety precaution. Classes will be held per usual in Knoxville. St. Kitts students will be given access to lecture videos for September 13.
· Rainfall, strong winds and potential flooding are projected.
· Swimming, surfing and other water activities should be avoided.
· Community members residing in low laying areas e.g. Frigate Bay Golf course should consider higher ground during the passing of the storm.
We will continue to keep the community informed as the storm progresses.
9/10 PM WEATHER UPDATE | We have been actively monitoring Hurricane Isaac, currently a Category 1 hurricane. As of the 5pm advisory, Hurricane Isaac is moving west toward the Lesser Antilles at 13mph. Maximum sustained winds are 75mph with higher gusts. Hurricane Isaac is expected to pass south of St. Kitts, over or near Dominica and effects of the storm is expected to be felt late Wednesday into Thursday.
We will continue to monitor the system and post weather updates on this page.
There are several categories of tropical cyclones that are divided by wind speed rather than rainfall.
- Tropical Depression- maximum winds of 38 mph
- Tropical Storm- winds of 39 to 73 mph
- Hurricane (Category 1 and 2)- winds of 74-110 mph
- Major Hurricane (Category 3, 4 and 5)- winds greater than 111mph
Although hurricanes pose the greatest threat, tropical depressions and storms can also cause devastation through extreme flooding or landslides. Ross University has published information on what students should do in preparation for and also during and after a major storm.
To prepare, you should evaluate the “survivability” of your current housing and speak with your landlord about what may happen in the event of a storm and how to turn off all gas and utilities. All students should have a “hurricane buddy” that knows where and how to reach you in the event of a storm. It is also important to stock up on emergency supplies early in the season including: 3 day supply of non-perishable food and water (1 gallon per person per day); first aid kit; water purification supplies; batteries; flashlights; and candles/matches. If a hurricane is approaching, be sure to fill all your water containers, fill the sink and bath tub with an extra supply of water for flushing and washing, tune in the radio or TV for weather updates, disconnect appliances and gas to reduce risk of damage, and gather important documents and extra cash in a waterproof bag. Ross officials will communicate with students via email and in-class announcements if there is an approaching threat.
During a storm, stay away from all doors and windows until you hear from authorities that the storm has passed. You should also prepare to evacuate if your home is damaged or if you are asked to relocate by emergency personnel.
After a storm, check in with your buddy, avoid downed power lines and seek medical attention if necessary. Do not drink or use the water from your faucets until it has been cleared by public safety officials. If the power has been shut off, be careful about what foods you eat from your refrigerator.
As with all emergencies, students may call Ross Security at 235-9111 to reach immediate help or the Dominican Red Cross at 448-8280.
Please visit the following websites for more storm information and current weather conditions in the event of a tropical cyclone.