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Keeping Watch On Hurricane Irene

Keeping Watch On Hurricane Irene

Duke officials monitoring storm but currently do not expect campus impacts

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Durham, NC - With the current track bringing Hurricane Irene to the North Carolina coast Saturday, Duke officials continue to monitor the storm to prepare for any impact on campus.

John Dailey, Duke's chief of police, said current storm forecasts for the Durham area on Saturday call for less than one inch of rain and wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph between 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Duke officials, including staff at the Duke Marine Lab, are making preparations should the storm change course.  

"Operational teams at Duke are currently stocking supplies, clearing drainage basins, preparing back-up generators and inspecting facilities to ensure readiness for any storm-related issues," Kyle Cavanaugh, Duke's emergency coordinator and vice president for administration, said Wednesday.

Irene is a Category 3 hurricane with maximum winds of 115 mph. The core will move over the northwestern Bahamas on Thursday. Some additional strengthening may occur, so Irene could become a Category 4 by Thursday.

Duke is not currently expecting to activate the severe weather and emergency conditions policy this weekend, but updates will be made through Duke's emergency communications channels, if conditions warrant.

However, given the possibility of severe weather conditions, employees are encouraged to review Duke's severe weather and emergency conditions policy to ensure they understand what to do if the policy is activated.

Managers should also ensure staff members are aware of the service category for their position and how they will be notified if the severe weather policy is activated.

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