On Thursday, Oct. 11, storms from the aftermath of Hurricane Michael hit campus, impacting power fuse and subsequently killing power at about 10:11 p.m. Resident students were instructed by Residence Life staff to remain calm and stay within their residences as the storm continued.
Power was restored on most of the campus around 2:00 a.m. as the storm slowed down. However, the campus network services remained out in north campus residences until much later the next day. Power also remained out in Glendenning Hall, Prince George Hall and Caroline Hall, according to an official communication from the College.
At 6:15 a.m. students received an email from the Office of Communication stating that the College would open at it’s normal time. However, soon after, a water outage occurred across campus, and at 9:56 a.m., the campus was officially closed.
At 12:00PM, water was restored and Campus activities were set to resume Saturday, Oct. 13. Network services were resumed on North Campus at 3:24 p.m.
Power outages due to the storms were reported throughout the region. Saint Mary’s county, as well as Anne Arundel, Dorchester and Wicomico county received Coastal Flood warnings from the National Weather Service.
Hurricane Michael was a Category 4 major hurricane that developed in the Caribbean sea, making landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10. By wind speed, Michael was the fourth most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall on the United States, reaching winds of 155mph.