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Information about hurricanes impacting William & Mary are compiled here. This page is a stub and information is incomplete. The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is naturally always a good source of information for both the study of the impact of hurricanes as well as direct hurricane impact to its facilities including damage.

Hurricane Hazel, 1954

  • The south wall of the old power plant was destroyed by Hurricane Hazel in October 1954.

Hurricane Isabel, 2004

Hurricane Ernesto, 2006

  • The Great Blue Heron with Marsh Wren and Turtle sculpture in the Crim Dell went missing in September 2006 after Hurricane Ernesto went through campus and was later found at the bottom of the Crim Dell.

Hurricane Irene, 2011

Hurricane Sandy, 2012

  • Activities on Sunday, October 28 canceled.
  • Classes on Monday, October 29 canceled. Landfall on 10/29 in New Jersey.

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A note about the contents of this site

This website contains the best available information from known sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information in this website is not complete, and it changes as we continue to research and uncover new sources.