A Message from Vice Chancellor Sim Ewing

Dear Campus Community,

We have received an update from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the National Weather Service concerning Hurricane Florence.  The National Weather Service is reporting that the hurricane as of 2:00pm today was situated between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC.  Rain will be the issue with the storm more than the wind.

The expectation is the storm impact for southwest Virginia will be from Saturday evening through Monday morning.  The far western portion of southwest Virginia, approximately Smyth County west can expect 2 – 3 inches of rain during the period with wind gusts of 20 – 35 miles per hour.  The Clinch and Holston rivers are expected to reach flood stage, but not exceed their banks.  The area of southwest Virginia from Smyth County east has the potential to receive 8 – 10 inches of rain during the period with wind gusts of 25 – 45 miles per hour. The National Weather Service anticipates that all of the major waterways in this portion of southwest Virginia, including the New River will reach flood stage or over by Monday.  Smaller creeks have the potential for flash flooding to occur Saturday night through Monday.  Higher elevations, may experience mudslides.  On Sunday and Monday the National  Weather Service believes that there may be the potential for isolated tornados.

If you are out traveling, be aware of ponding water and the potential for downed trees and power lines.  Although the National Weather Service is seeing that all the models are coming together, there remains the potential for changes in this forecast and we will keep you updated.

As we receive additional information we will keep you informed.  Information concerning the storm will also be posted on the UVa-Wise website:  www.uvawise.edu.


Sim Ewing

Vice Chancellor & Chief Operating Officer

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise