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Due to severe weather that is predicted to accompany the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, all classes at USciences have been cancelled for Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30. Only those personnel providing essential services should report to work on Monday and Tuesday.  


  • The Residence Halls will remain open and fully staffed.
  • Students remaining on campus will continue to have access to the Wilson Hall Dining Facility.
  • The Library and ARC will close as of 5:00pm today, however Alumni Hall will remain open until 8:00pm today.  
  • The Department of Public Safety will remain fully staffed and may be reached at:
    • 215-596-7000 - Emergency
    • 215-895-1117 – Non Emergency

The USciences Emergency Response Team continues to monitor the situation, and extensive preparations have been taken to ensure the safety of students and others who will be on campus during the storm.

Updates concerning the storm will be posted on the USciences homepage (http://www.usciences.edu/) and the USciences Emergency web site.  (http://emergency.usciences.edu/).  Faculty, staff and students can also call USciences Weather Emergency Line (215-596-8747) to hear a recorded message regarding the status of classes.  Additional information may also be posted at:

  • KYW News Radio
  • USciences email & phone voice messaging system
  • USciences televisions & monitor systems


The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management has released the following information regarding the storms possible impact in the Philadelphia area:


Rain / Freshwater Flooding:  Showery rain will begin on Sunday. The core of the rain will be early Monday through Monday night.  Showers will linger into Wednesday.  Up to 4-8 inches of rain is possible in Philadelphia.   River and stream flooding is likely with this amount of rain, which would be similar to what we had with Hurricane Irene last year.  Clogged drains due to leaves could cause additional problems.


Winds:  Winds are forecast to be 30-50 mph sustained with higher gusts upwards of 65pmh.  This will be a long duration wind event and winds at this level could last for 24 hours or more, likely from early Monday into early Tuesday.  Downed trees and power outages are likely with this level of wind.


Tidal Flooding:   The level of storm surge driven by southeast winds could produce record levels of flooding along the tidal Delaware River and the lower Schuylkill River and could last for several tide cycles.  High tides of particular concern are 1:30am and 2pm Monday. Coastal Flooding has the potential for 4-8ft of surge along the Delaware which could reach record levels around 10.5ft during high tide Monday at 2pm.   


Temperatures:  Temperatures will primarily be in the 40s and low 50s during and after the event.

This is a major storm that will bring high winds and significant rain to the area. Localized flooding and some power outages are expected during the storm. We urge everyone to exercise extreme caution during this time. Information regarding hurricane preparedness can be found at the following link from FEMA: www.ready.gov/hurricanes