Editorial - Use ‘good judgement’ in wake of storm
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 08:10
Tuesday, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin took a break from campaigning to declare a state of emergency as a massive storm system moved toward the Mountain State.
The Monongalia County Commission also declared a state of emergency. The federal government, as well as state and local governments across the nation are bracing for what could be the worst storm in decades.
Although the Morgantown area is not currently projected to get any snow due to the warmer temperatures, the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning, and a high wind warning for this area.
At the time of publication, the flood warning is in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening and the high wind warning is in effect until noon. Flooding as a result of several inches of rain and winds of 35-40 mph create a very dangerous environment for commuting.
Throughout the duration of this storm, take special care not to needlessly put yourself in harms way. If at all possible, avoid leaving your residence until the storm has passed.
At the time of publication, the University had not yet made an announcement regarding any class cancellations, but keep checking your email throughout the day, as your individual professors may cancel, even if the University as a whole doesn’t close.
The University has announced that dining halls and residence halls will remain open whether or not the University closes.
West Virginia University’s Vice President of Administration and Finance Narvel Weese stressed that students should use "good judgment" when deciding whether or not to attend class if the University remains open.
The University is also responsible for employing "good judgment" when deciding whether or not to cancel classes. Although any cancellations that impede the educational process should be avoided if possible, the safety of WVU’s students and faculty should be the number one consideration when any such decision is made.
Stay safe, everyone.