A storm hit campus at 7:20 Wednesday evening. High winds, heavy rain, reports of trees down and power lines down all over Jackson County.
Hardest hit area of campus was Hunter Library.
Nine trees fell onto the roof of the library, and another 10 trees down that blocked the road. Those trees are probably 50 years old or older.
Also some trees down in other areas of campus, but not nearly to the same extent as at the library.
Two trees down near Scott residence hall, and a tree on the upper campus that apparently was struck by lighting and split in two.
Library sustained damage to the roof. Our crews estimated 50 to 60 puncture holes in the roof.
Work crews have already patched those holes, and were done doing so by about 4:30 this morning.
In addition, there is some water damage to the interior of the library. Debris from the trees, pine needles, leaves and other debris clogged up the drainage system, and also water came through the holes in the roof…probably hundreds and hundreds of gallons of water.
But the library has a plan to handle situations like this, and the library staff went into high gear to implement the plan, moved books and maps, and used plastic to cover items in the library to protect them from further damage.
The area of the library affected the most was the map collections area, which experienced some flooding and water damage. It appears that the damage is minimal.
We do not yet have an estimate of cost of damages to the campus from the storm.