Storm Arwen puts temporary close to Sunderland University campus

The University of Sunderland have closed one of their campuses in the city, as a precautionary measure following damages incurred by Storm Arwen.

The Sir Tom Cowie campus, located at St Peter’s has closed its doors completely, after one of the situated buildings suffered damages to its roof due to the storm.

The University of Sunderland released a statement on social media this afternoon, informing students of the closure – as well as guidance on accessing other campuses to complete their studies in the meantime.

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A Tweet on their official Twitter page read: “The stormy conditions overnight have caused some damage to the roof of the Media Centre at St Peter’s campus.

“As a precautionary measure we have decided to close St Peter’s Campus with immediate effect.

“Please do not try to access any buildings as you will be turned away.”

A separate post advised students wishing to use library services should instead use the university’s sister campus, situated on Chester Road.

“Any students wishing to access library facilities should use Murray Library on City Campus which remains open.

“We will keep you updated on the situation.”

A red weather warning was issued yesterday by the Met Office as the storm hit the North East of England, with high-speed winds of up to 98 mph hitting coastal areas.

The weather authority today (27th November) announced that the storm has began to abate, but the damage caused in its wake remains across the region.

Damage caused by gale force winds during Storm Arwen in Seaham, County Durham.
Damage caused by gale force winds during Storm Arwen in Seaham, County Durham.
(Image: Craig Connor/ChronicleLive)

Many residents across the North East have seen damage to property, including buildings and vehicles becoming completely destroyed due to the barrage of wind overnight.

It is uncertain how long the campus closure is expected to last, but the university have pledged to keep the public informed.

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