High-wind advisory

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Public Affairs

The National Weather Service has issued a High-Wind Warning for the Santa Cruz area until 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. The wind advisory is expected to result in the potential for winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40-50 mph. Forecast information, including any warnings, can be found on the NWS Forecast Page.

Additionally, Cal Fire is responding to several spot fires in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is providing updates on Twitter

Campus emergency personnel are monitoring conditions on and around campus and will respond as necessary. 

The campus is experiencing intermittent disruptions in power service. In the event of an extended campus power outage due to the wind, please remain where you are if conditions are safe or go to a safe location. Campus staff will determine the nature of the outage and communicate status updates as they become available. Use caution when outdoors during high wind activity. Be aware of overhead hazards such as tree limbs and power lines. Never approach a downed wire, even if it is not actively arcing or sparking. Report all downed wires to 911. 

Information Technology Services recommends that all computers, fax machines, scanners, and other electrical equipment be shut off and unplugged when possible to protect devices from power surges.