High-wind advisory in effect through 9 p.m. tonight

To: UCSC Community

From: Public Affairs

The National Weather Service has issued a High-Wind Warning for Santa Cruz County and much of the San Francisco Bay Area through 9 p.m. this evening. The advisory warns of northerly winds of 15 to 25 mph winds with gusts of 45 mph possible.

Forecast information, including any warnings, can be found on the National Weather Service Forecast Page. The service also offers regular wind and weather updates through its NWS Bay Area Twitter feed.

Be on the lookout for downed tree limbs and power lines. Extra precaution should be used when driving. Campus emergency personnel are monitoring conditions on and around campus and will respond as necessary. If you do see a downed power line, never approach it, even if it is not actively arcing or sparking. Report all downed wires to 911.

Fire officials have changed the fire-danger signs on campus to "High" in response to the severe winds. Please remember that camping and campfires are not permitted on campus land. We ask that you observe this rule and report any camping activity or campfires seen on campus property by calling 911. The danger to our campus is real and potentially devastating, as the high winds coupled with current dry conditions have created a dangerous environment.
Information Technology Services recommends that all computers, scanners, and other electronic equipment be shut off and unplugged when not in use to protect devices from power surges.