After experiencing the effects of a rare 5.8-magnitude earthquake earlier this week, it looks like Staunton will be spared a second wave of Mother Nature’s influence when Hurricane Irene makes its way along the Eastern Seaboard this weekend.
Weather models predict the storm will skirt the Atlantic coast, bringing only a slight chance of thunderstorms to western parts of Virginia, including the Shenandoah Valley. Irene, however, could hit hard along the East Coast with high winds and heavy rain. As a result, Mary Baldwin administrators have made adjustments to accommodate students who are returning to college from those areas in the storm’s path.
“You may arrive as early as Friday, August 26, if you are heading here from the coast or other affected areas,” Dr. Brenda Bryant, senior vice president for enrollment and administration and dean of students, wrote in an email Thursday. “In every case, please make your personal safety the highest priority and plan to travel while conditions are optimal.”
If the hurricane changes course and severe weather appears imminent, Mary Baldwin officials will alert the college community. Storm trackers can follow Irene’s progress and path at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website .
A schedule of weekend events at Mary Baldwin is also available on the college’s website .