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They’re moving into Cal Poly this week. Back home, hurricane season looms large

This geocolor GOES-16 satellite image taken Thursday shows the eye Hurricane Irma just north of the island of Hispaniola. The fearsome Category 5 storm cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida.
This geocolor GOES-16 satellite image taken Thursday shows the eye Hurricane Irma just north of the island of Hispaniola. The fearsome Category 5 storm cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida. AP

Hundreds of Cal Poly students arriving on campus this week are coming from areas affected by what has become a devastating hurricane season.

More than 200 students live in areas in Texas and Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Harvey, with at least 96 more coming from Florida regions in the path of Hurricane Irma.

Cal Poly’s dean of students has been in email correspondence with students from those areas, encouraging them to contact the dean’s office “to let the university know how we can help,” spokesman Matt Lazier said.

“This includes arranging for early move-in to University Housing or contacting professors in specific classes if students believe they may be delayed in arriving to campus for the start of the fall quarter,” Lazier said.

Cameras on board the International Space Station captured new footage of Hurricane Irma passing over the Atlantic Ocean towards the Caribbean on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Lazier said the dean’s office has already heard back from some students.

The university also will do outreach to incoming students through “Week of Welcome” programming, providing opportunities to support victims of this season’s storms.

“This includes information on where, how and what to donate and ways to support victims monetarily and through blood donation,” Lazier said.

Donations can be taken to the Dean of Students Office, Building 52, Room 22, which can be reached at 805-756-0327 or deanofstudents@calpoly.edu.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler

The Dutch ministry of defense released aerial footage on September 7 showing Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction across the Dutch Caribbean island enclave of Sint Maarten. According to reports, at least 11 people had been confirmed dead by the mo

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