Dear Members of the Campus Community,

New York City Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory for the area: a Flash Flood Watch is in effect citywide from 8 p.m. tonight through 5 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the latest National Weather Service forecast, light to moderate rain is expected citywide Monday evening through Tuesday evening with an expected rainfall rate of 0.25 inch to 0.5 inch per hour, and a maximum rainfall rate of up to 1 inch per hour. A few periods of heavy rainfall are likely between 12 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday and can impact both the morning and evening commutes. Winds are expected to be 20 mph to 30 mph and winds gusts of up to 40 mph are expected Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening. Lingering showers are then possible through Wednesday morning. A total of 2 inches to 4 inches of rain is expected with locally higher amounts possible.

The University will issue an update no later than 6 a.m. on Tuesday if we anticipate the storm adversely affecting roads and/or mass transit for the morning commute.

Please use caution while walking on campus, and avoid walking near or under large trees. Avoid walking through flooded areas. As few as six inches of moving water can knock a person over. Consider remaining indoors this evening and avoid traveling, since even subways can become flooded given a large volume of rain within a 24-hour period.

To prepare for possible power outages, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn your refrigerator and freezer to a colder setting. If you lose power, items that need refrigeration will stay cooler for longer.

Local weather forecasts are imprecise, and the storm may be worse than predicted. As always, members of the University community should take local conditions into account when traveling to or from campus.

In an emergency, please call Fordham Public Safety at (718) 817-2222.


John Carroll, Associate Vice President
Fordham Department of Public Safety