Tropical Storm Michael Updates

October 11, 2018

QAlert: Thursday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m.

Power to Campus Restored, Residential Student Evacuation Plan Canceled

Electrical power has been restored to the Queens campus and an evaluation of the tree leaning toward Barnhart has been completed and has been deemed safe.

The residential student evacuation plan has been canceled. All students may now return to their residence hall.

The campus phone system has been restored. For campus emergencies call 704-337-2306.

If leaving campus, use caution as there are downed trees and other areas without power.

As a reminder, Queens is closed for the remainder of the evening and will open for normal business operations on Friday, October 12.  

QAlert: Thursday, Oct. 11, 3:15 p.m.

The campus phone system is currently down, which is impacting Campus Police dispatch. Until the system is restored, for emergencies call 704-964-1670.

QAlert: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m.

Queens is Closed for Business, All Classes are Canceled

Due to the loss of electrical power, the Queens campus is now closed for official business. All classes are canceled for the remainder of today, Thursday, October 11.

Faculty, non-essential staff and commuter students who are still on campus should be aware of the weather conditions at this point and should use discretion when leaving campus for the day.

Student residents should shelter in place until the duration of the loss of electrical power can be determined and await further instructions from Residence Life and Housing staff.

Avoid Standing Near or Under Trees

Given the increased danger from falling trees and limbs, people should avoid standing under or near trees. The safest location is inside a building.


Weather Update Posted: Thursday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m.

Tropical Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the Charlotte area. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within the area within the next 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Winds

Below tropical-storm force winds are forecast for 10-20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. There is potential for some wind gusts of 39 to 57 mph.

Plan for hazardous wind of equivalent tropical storm force due to possible forecast changes in track, size or intensity. Prepare for limited wind damage. Act now to complete preparations before the wind becomes hazardous. Watch for unsecured lightweight objects blown about. Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. Scattered power and communications outages.

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect. Peak rainfall amounts of an additional 3-6 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts. There is a potential for major flooding rain. Strongly consider protective actions, especially if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding and heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action will likely result in serious injury or loss of life.

Situation Somewhat Favorable for Tornadoes

The Tropical Storm conditions are somewhat favorable for tornadoes. If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly.


Reminder: Any updates will be posted to the Queens website at www.queens.edu. Any emergency notifications will go out via QAlert.



QAlert Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Queens continues to monitor Hurricane Michael, which made landfall along Florida’s northwest Gulf Coast earlier today. Michael is a category-4 hurricane and is forecast to bring a high storm surge, heavy rain and flooding and sustained 145 mph winds to Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Impact of Michael on Charlotte Area

As always, the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff are the university’s highest priorities. The impact of the storm on Charlotte is forecast to bring heavy rain amounting to 3-5 inches across the area and sustained 10-20 mph winds starting Thursday morning and going through Thursday evening.

Given the expected rainfall in a relatively short period of time, the ground will become saturated so falling trees and debris is a possible danger. Remain aware of your surroundings when you are traveling on or off campus and follow any instructions and information coming from Queens University of Charlotte.

Shelter In Place if Electrical Power is Lost

Should Queens lose electrical power during the storm, student residents are advised to shelter in place. Students should avoid unnecessary travel in residence hall stairwells and hallways, which may be operating on emergency lighting. If a sustained electrical outage occurs, follow any instructions and information coming for Residence Life and Housing staff.

Reminder: Any updates will be posted to the Queens website at www.queens.edu. Any emergency notifications will go out via QAlert.