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High Winds; Safe Travel Information. Science Center South Bowl is CLOSED.

Oct. 29, 2012

Please use the East Entrance to the Science Center (off of North Professor) and the West Entrance of the Science Center (off Woodland Street) for Science Center access ONLY. The North and South Bowl areas adjacent to the Science Center are closed for the rest of the evening and overnight as a precaution for wind propelled debris. Avoid entering / exiting the South (Kettering) Exit closest to the Street. Once wind gusts subside, FacOps will provide an update that can be forwarded on the Bowl closings.

Use heightened awareness of potential of wind-driven debris if it is necessary for you to travel campus.

Here is current information and advice on travel:

From the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Cleveland....The storm Sandy continues to strengthen as it moves toward the east coast.

The effects of the storm are a significant for this area, and all of our community should negotiate campus with heightened concern. The following warnings is now in effect for Lorain County:

High Wind Warning - expect sustained winds of 40MPH with gusts exceeding 65MPH. Peak times will be from 6PM tonight through midnight Tuesday - highest gusts will be overnite and tomorrow morning. Winds of this magnitude have the potential to bring down limbs, trees, power lines and signs, and can turn unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles. Listed below are some tips to keep in mind during high wind warnings.

Avoid excess travel outside. If you are caught outside during high winds:

Take cover next to a building or under a secure shelter
Stand clear of roadways, as a gust may blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle
Use handrails where available, and avoid elevated areas such as roofs
Watch for flying debris. Tree limbs may break and street signs may come loose during strong winds

In the event of a downed power line:

Report downed lines to Safety and Security at 440-775-8444 or to Oberlin Police at 440-774-1061.
Avoid anything that may be touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches
If a line falls on your car, stay inside the vehicle. Take care not to touch any part of the metal frame of your vehicle   Honk your  
   horn, roll down the window and warn anyone who may approach of the danger. Ask someone to call the police. Do not exit
   the car until help arrives, unless it catches fire. To exit, open the door, but do not step out. Jump, without touching any of the
   metal portions of the car's exterior, to safe ground and get quickly away.

If you need to drive:

Keep both hands on the wheel and slow down
Watch for objects blowing across the roadway and into your path
Keep a safe distance from cars in adjacent lanes, as strong gusts could push a car outside its lane of travel 
Take extra care in a high-profile vehicle such as trucks, vans, SUVs, or when towing a trailer, as these are more prone to
    being pushed or flipped by high wind gusts
If winds are severe enough to prevent safe driving, safely pull over onto the shoulder of the road and stop, making sure you are
   away from trees or other tall objects that could fall onto your vehicle.

The Student Shuttle System will not be able to operate tonight in heavy wind gusts. However, Safety and Security officers may be able to provide limited safety assistance for those trying to reach home residences. For additional safety information pertaining to high wind warnings, or to report a condition that needs attention from the College, please contact the Safety and Security Office at 440-775-8444.