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Baylor Officials Continuing to Monitor Weather Situation

Sept. 11, 2008

Baylor University officials continue to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Ike, which is expected to strike along the Texas Gulf coast sometime early Saturday morning.

As of Thursday, Sept. 11, there are no plans to close the university. However, Baylor officials continue to plan round-the-clock for any disruption to normal campus operations and to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.

Students who live on campus are asked to park their vehicles in the university's parking garages during the weekend. Students also are strongly advised to stay away from areas that are prone to flooding, such as Waco Creek, which runs through campus. Because of the potential for severe weather, students - especially those who live in campus residence halls - will be notified of any important weather information through the university's public address system or emergency notification system.

Students are encouraged to avoid adding to the highway traffic this weekend. Texas highways are highly congested because of evacuations from the coast. If students decide to travel, they are strongly advised to take extra precautions and check travel and weather conditions:

Texas Department of Transportation Hurricane Information, including road conditions

TXDOT Highway Condition Reporting System

Texas Online Emergency Preparedness Information Portal

Baylor also has moved its football game against Washington State up to Friday, Sept. 12, and will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. CDT at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco. Baylor's soccer game on Sunday vs. UTSA has been moved up to 5 p.m. at Betty Lou Mays Field. Go to www.BaylorBears.com for more information.