(Victor Valley)-– In an effort to protect the safety of students, faculty and staff, Cal State San Bernardino officials have closed the campus for the remainder of today, Friday, Jan. 27, as high winds have blown across the entire region.
Classes, labs, meetings and events scheduled for today, including the planned open house for the Murillo Family Observatory, have been canceled for the rest of the day.
Operations remain open at CSUSB’s Palm Desert Campus, except for televised classes originating from San Bernardino.
For periodic updates, please check the university’s emergency hotline at (909) 537-5999 and the Cal State San Bernardino news Web site at http://news.csusb.edufor further updates.
Sustained high winds blowing west to northwest were clocked at about 32-48 mph, according to readings at the campus weather station, with gusts of up to 51 mph recorded at 5:35 a.m.
The National Weather Service issued a high wind advisory that will remain in effect until 10 p.m. today with winds from 35 to 40 mph with gusts as high as 65 mph through and below the mountain passes and canyons. The strongest winds will be below the Cajon Pass. A wind advisory will remain in effect from 6 p.m. today until Saturday afternoon.
A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.
Cal State San Bernardino University Police will continue to monitor campus wind conditions, which can be viewed in real time at the campus weather Web sitehttp://weather.csusb.edu/UPWViewMain.htm.
The CSUSB University Police issued the following safety tips:
- Take precautions when traveling between buildings or to vehicles.
- Use caution when traveling in the parking lots or walking inner campus roads.
- Secure personal belongings when outside.
- When outside be alert for moving debris.
- Extinguish completely any unused portion of a cigarette before discarding it to prevent any fire hazard.
For updates on when the university will reopen and wind conditions on the campus, call the university’s Public Affairs hotline at (909) 537-5999 and visithttp://news.csusb.edu <http://news.csusb.edu/> .
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