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Campus-wide power outage expected to hit again

by Margaret Stewart - News Editor
Sun, Feb 24th 2019 06:00 pm

A high wind warning was initiated for Sunday, Feb. 24 and is in effect until late Monday morning. The strongest of the winds blew through Sunday night, with gusts reaching up to 75 mph.

The warning was put in place for all of Western New York, specifically Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Erie and Genesee Counties. The College at Brockport began experiencing the strong winds in the early afternoon after a morning filled with blue skies and temperatures in the 40s, just in time for the Leadership Development Program.

The annual event was organized by students in the Capstone Leadership Certificate Program. However, as the program was beginning to draw to a close, the campus lost power.

One of the 12 students involved with the 2019 Conference Planning Committee Caitlyn Koch, said that the power outage couldn’t have come at a better time.

“It was after the programs and all the presentations had already finished,” Koch said. “I think the conference went very well, I’m pleasantly surprised.”

The outage wasn’t long, beginning at 2:37 p.m. and ending at 3:48 p.m., but is thought to be the first of many. Event and Facility Coordinator Joe Serio, says that students should expect more outages in the near future.

“This hasn’t been the worst for the wind yet,” Serio said. “We are expecting the power to go out again.”

While residents of Adams St. managed to hold on to their power, the outage was felt campus wide.

Resident Assistant of Bramley Hall Kelly Smith, said it was more of a “mild inconvenience.”

“The power did go out but came back quickly,” Smith said. “I honestly didn’t notice until the security alarm went off but everyone is fine.”

Campus evening dining has been limited to Harrison Dining Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

UPDATE: The power was again lost at 7:08 p.m., but returned quickly at 7:18 p.m.

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