The National Weather Service today issued a hurricane warning for the Texas coast. The center of Hurricane Harvey is southeast of Corpus Christi and is moving northwest with 80-mph winds. It is expected to make landfall between Corpus Christi and Houston.
Harvey is expected to strengthen and is likely to be a Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall Friday night or early Saturday morning. The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging people to prepare for severe weather, strong winds and localized flooding through the weekend.
Bexar County is under a flash flood watch and tropical storm warning. San Antonio could see between 8 to 15 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 60 mph.
All campuses are currently operating on a regular schedule. However, this is a rapidly changing situation. In addition to active updates provided by this story, we will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates to any change in our normal business hours/operations via HSC Alert email and text messages and the university’s weather lines, 210-567-SNOW (210-567-7669) and 956-365-UTEL (956-365-8835).
If you are experiencing any technology/IT issues, please call the IMS service desk at 210-567-7777.
If you are experiencing any facilities-related issues, please call the FM Control Room at 210-567-2945. (Please note that after this weather-critical weekend has passed, the established protocols for submitting a service request and reporting a problem will be resumed.)
We urge you to take precautions and remain aware of weather and travel conditions.
A special message to the staff of UT Health Physicians:
We continue to monitor developments associated with Hurricane Harvey. There is still a great deal of uncertainty associated with this storm, especially as it moves onshore. San Antonio may experience sustained rainfall over the next few days.
At this point, we have the following information:
-We are canceling Saturday clinics for Radiology, MARC PCC and Orthopedics.
-We will be assessing Monday clinic operations throughout the weekend.
-Based on the information we have currently, we plan to be open for business as usual on Monday.
-If the decision is made to close Monday, or delay the opening of Monday’s clinics, we will notify the managers who will be responsible for contacting patients on Sunday. Managers will need to assign and coordinate with staff over the weekend if the decision is made to reschedule patients. Remember to print schedules with patient contact information in case we have connectivity issues.
-You will see an email from UTHP leadership on Sunday with a decision for Monday’s operations.
For updates to the status of UT Health Physicians’ operations, call the UTHP weather line at 210-450-4886.
As we learn more or changes happen, we will keep you updated. Please be safe.
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