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Following Flossie, HPU Resumes Normal Operations Today

July 30, 2013

UPDATE 7/30 5:30 AM

Following Flossie, HPU resumes normal operations

Hawai’i Pacific University will resume normal operations today (Tuesday, July 30) after having closed early yesterday in preparation for Tropical Storm Flossie.

Flossie passed over O’ahu Monday evening with little impact on the island beyond slick driving conditions that contributed toward a rash of accidents as commuters made their way home. HPU employees and students mostly avoided the road hazards, as HPU closed at 2 p.m. to give members of the university community ample time to make last-minute storm preparations and get home safely.

Today, the university’s Downtown and Hawaii Loa campuses, its military base operations and Oceanic Institute, HPU’s research affiliate at Makapu’u Point, will all open at their usual times, with classes and other operations running as scheduled.

Commuters are encouraged to drive with caution, and be on the lookout for tree limbs or other roadway debris, as well as standing water. A flash flood watch in effect statewide until Tuesday night.

UPDATE 7/29 12:20 PM

HPU closing at 2 p.m. in advance of Flossie’s expected pass over O‘ahu

 Hawai‘i Pacific University announced this afternoon that in anticipation of Tropical Storm Flossie’s projected pass over O‘ahu this evening it will close all campuses at 2 p.m. today.

That includes the university’s Downtown and Hawaii Loa campuses and all military base locations. No classes that are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. or later will be held this afternoon or this evening, except for online classes or hybrid (online-in person combinations) classes with an online contingency. HPU students and staff at Oceanic Institute (OI) may leave for the day at 2 p.m., though OI itself does not plan an early closure.

Only employees with responsibilities related to campus emergency operations and/or student life on campus are expected to remain at work. Other employees and students are encouraged to use their best judgment regarding commute times and road conditions on their individual routes home. If an earlier departure is warranted, employees are permitted to make that decision in conjunction with their supervisors.

The campus shuttle serving the Downtown and Hawaii Loa campuses will continue to run through 5:30 p.m., delivering its final passengers for the evening to the Hawaii Loa Campus at 6 p.m. before ceasing operations for the night.

The university will continue to monitor Flossie’s progress and impact and share information via www.hpu.edu as updates become available. Should storm-related issues impede normal operations tomorrow, an announcement will be made on the university website and via HPU’s RAVE Alert emergency messaging system no later than 6 a.m.

UPDATE 7/29 9:42 AM

Hawai'i Pacific University continues to monitor progress of Tropical Storm Flossie and remains open for normal operations and classes today.  Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay in touch with Rave Alerts and the university website page for updates as they become available throughout the day.



UPDATE 7/29 8:33 AM

The Hawai’i Pacific University Emergency Management Team is meeting this morning (Monday, July 29) at 9 .m. to consider university operations for the remainder of the day, in light of a revised assessment of Tropical Storm Flossie, which may move over O’ahu this evening. University leaders will announce any changes following that meeting.

Flossie continues to weaken. Forecasters project it may be downgraded from tropical storm to tropical depression status by the time it reaches Honolulu, but the weather system is still expected to bring high surf, heavy rains and gusting winds.

If forecasts and conditions change for the worse, the university will keep employees and students informed about any actions they should take through email, the university website and, if appropriate, the RAVE Alert system.

Please see the National Weather Service for updates on conditions: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/

The University Emergency Management Team is monitoring updates related to Tropical Storm Flossie, which is expected to reach the Hawaiian Islands on Monday and Tuesday. Forecasters expect an increase in showers and possibly torrential rain, as well as higher ocean swells and possible rip currents. 

As always, we encourage members of the university community to stay abreast of weather developments relating to this storm and to take appropriate precautions. If forecasts and conditions change for the worse, the university will keep employees and students informed about any actions they should take through email, the university website and, if appropriate, the RAVE Alert system.

Please see the National Weather Service for updates on conditions: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/