UTPA monitoring tropical storm
Contact: Office of University Relations 956/381-2741
Posted: 08/15/2007
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As South Texas prepares for possible heavy rains and other weather conditions from Tropical Storm Erin, administrators at The University of Texas-Pan American are already taking precautionary measures for its campus and community of students, faculty and staff.

Tropical Storm Erin, which has situated itself on the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to drop up to 10 inches of rain in Hidalgo County, according to current weather predictions.

At this time UTPA does not plan on canceling classes or closing the campus, however should you feel it is unsafe for travel to campus, please stay home, even if the University has not canceled classes or closed the campus. Administrators are asking the UTPA community to use their best judgment in this decision.

Your safety is of utmost concern to the University and if you feel that safety necessitates you to take leave, discuss this with your supervisor or professor.

Administrators will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Erin and will make a decision to cancel classes or close campus should weather conditions call for it.

Students, faculty and staff should listen for updates on local radio and television stations, or visit the UTPA Web site at or the University Police Department site at for further weather and campus alerts. In addition, information and updates will be posted at

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at 956/381-2741, the University Police Department at 956/316-7151, or the University's Alert Line at 956/292-SAFE (7233).